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Philly Breaks Long Term Agreement with Boy Scouts — Should the BSA Allow Gay Leaders?

By June 24, 2007

In Philadelphia, PA, the City Council recently "voted 16 to 1 to break a 79-year-old agreement allowing the Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts to occupy a building in a city park". The Boy Scouts built the building and gave it to the city. In return, they were supposed to have rent-free use of the building "in perpetuity," essentially, forever.

So why did the City Council break their long standing agreement? An activist group for sexual minorities put pressure on them. They want to see the Boy Scouts allow homosexual men to be leaders. The Boy Scouts have a year to comply or start paying rent. Councilman Darrell L. Clarke would like to see the Boy Scouts compromise, which they won't.

The Boy Scouts organization is based on a certain set of morals and values, They don't feel that homosexual men make good role models for young boys and believe it puts boys in danger of sexual mosestation. Like it or not, it's the way it's been since the Boy Scouts began.

So here's the question: Does the government have the right to put pressure on a private organization and ask them to go against their moral values. Or more to the point in this case: Should the Boy Scouts admit gay men as leaders?

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