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21

Apr
2014

In Campaign Events
Campaign News
In the Press

By Scouts for Equality

Boy Scouts Shuts Down Seattle Methodist Troop for Retaining Gay Scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath

On 21, Apr 2014 | In Campaign Events, Campaign News, In the Press | By Scouts for Equality

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Church Pledges to Resist BSA’s Demand and Remain Open and Inclusive; Scouts for Equality Deplores Boy Scouts’ Callous Act as a Discriminatory Attempt to put Politics before Boys

In a startling and discriminatory move, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) revoked the charter of Seattle Troop 98 and Pack 98 for its refusal to remove gay Scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath. The BSA revoked the charter of Rainier Beach United Methodist Church’s (RBUMC), a Seattle church whose two Scouting units serve a neighborhood with few other positive opportunities for local youth.

“The Boy Scouts’ decisions only serve to hurt a group of boys who need the values and leadership of someone like Scoutmaster McGrath,” said Zach Wahls, Executive Director of Scouts for Equality, a national organization dedicated to ending the BSA’s ban on gay members and leaders. “Unfortunately, the BSA’s decision calls into question its commitment to leadership and values by perpetuating an outmoded policy rooted in fear and discrimination. History will show that today’s announcement is a self-inflicted wound.”

The controversy surrounding Troop 98 emerged in March, when an NBC News report on the inclusive troop prompted the BSA to question the sexual orientation of Scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath. McGrath, abiding by the Scout’s commitment to trustworthiness, acknowledged his sexual orientation to the BSA, which in turn, responded by revoking McGrath’s status as Scoutmaster.

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18

Apr
2014

In scouting

By Scouts for Equality

Why can’t Rainer Beach Methodist Church choose their own Scoutmaster?

On 18, Apr 2014 | In scouting | By Scouts for Equality

Taking away Geoff McGrath’s role in this church’s Scouting program is in contradiction to RBUMC’s religious beliefs and a contradiction of your own policy.

From the BSA’s Charter and Bylaws:

Section 1. Activities, clause 2. The activities of the members of the Boy Scouts of America shall be carried on under conditions which show respect to the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion, as required by the twelfth point of the Scout Law, reading, “Reverent. A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.”

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16

Apr
2014

In Campaign Events

By Scouts for Equality

Scouts for Equality congratulates Hunter Faulhaber on earning Eagle

On 16, Apr 2014 | In Campaign Events | By Scouts for Equality

Scouts for Equality congratulates Hunter Faulhaber, the most recent openly gay youth to be awarded Eagle by the Boy Scouts of America.

Hunter is a multi-sport athlete, plans on going to school to become a fashion designer, and is fighting for equality in Scouting as a member of Simon Kenton Scouts for Equality chapter. The BSA valued him as a youth member, however now that he’s 18 he runs the risk of having his membership revoked.

Stand with Hunter and the 7,478 other Eagles in Scouts for Equality to help us change that. http://scoutsforequality.com/join

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09

Apr
2014

In Campaign News

By Scouts for Equality

09

Apr
2014

In Campaign News

By Scouts for Equality

Geoff McGrath on BSA’s policy towards gay leaders

On 09, Apr 2014 | In Campaign News | By Scouts for Equality

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