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Tue Sep 5 14:56:25 PDT 2000
I have no doubt that the boy scouts will thrive for all
that they offer. But I doubt they're thriving because they
exclude gays. A national poll on the Dale decision itself
found 41% favored it and 46% opposed.
At 10:05 AM 9/6/2000 -0700, you wrote:
>The Washington Times (9/4/00) reports that the Boy
>Scouts are doing better than ever in the wake of the
>Dale litigation. Membership has grown to record
>levels--6.2 million (5 million boys and 1.2 million
>adults)--and, remarkably, the fastest growing BSA
>chapter is the *San Francisco Bay Area Council,* which
>has grown by 28% in just the last two years.
>Greg Shields, a BSA spokesman, suggested that the
>group's commitment to traditional values may explain
>its phenomenal growth in the face of so much
>opposition from outsiders: "We're not a recreation
>program. Our mission is to help people's character
>grow and to make ethical decisions. The Boy Scouts
>does not expect everyone to agree with our values and
>beliefs...but we feel strongly parents want their
>children exposed to the kinds of things the Boy Scouts
>are teaching." Amen!
>Shields also stated that although some institutions
>have withdrawn their financial support of BSA, "there
>have always been other groups to replace those that
>withdrew their support."
>The picture this story paints is of a thriving youth
>organization that is stronger than ever, perhaps
>because it stood up for values shared by many families
>and institutions. The reports of the demise of BSA
>were not only premature, it seems they were completely
>erroneous! --Rick Duncan
>Rick Duncan (conlawprof at yahoo.com)
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