Revoke Boy Scouts of America's Congressional Charter
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Revoke Boy Scouts of America's Congressional Charter

    1. Ethan Jewett
    2. Petition by

      Ethan Jewett

      Portland, OR

The international scouting movement was founded in England by Robert Baden-Powell, not in the United States by the BSA. The BSA threatens legal action against any organization that uses the term "scout" in their name, and thus many scouting organizations, even ones based on Baden-Powell traditions, must be careful in their use of the term "scout" lest they end up in court. The time has come for Congress to revoke the BSA's 1916 charter, which gives them (and the Girl Scouts) a virtual monopoly on scouting in our country.

BSA's recent decision to allow gay scouts was a welcome step in the direction of inclusion, but their continued ban on gay leaders and the recent dismissal of Seattle's Troop 98 scoutmaster signals their continued commitment to discrimination. More inclusive scouting organizations should be given the space to create alternatives without fear of lawsuit. This should be a rare case where both sides of the aisle could agree on one aspect of a very contentious issue. The time has come to open the playing field and allow competition within American scouting.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Chuck Gudgel THE COLONY, TX
      • 6 months ago

      The BSA should represent Equal Protection Under The Law, as a congressionally chartered organization. Currently, they represent discrimination. Either they need to change, or the charter needs to go.

    • Steve J Lord YELLOW SPRINGS, OH
      • 6 months ago

      I am an Eagle Scout. I am ashamed of the BSA's discriminatory policy.

    • Rose Marie Lanier CONCORD, NH
      • 6 months ago

      Basic fairness.

    • Dan Henry IDAHO FALLS, ID
      • 6 months ago

      Our government should not support an organization that practices discrimination. Ever.

    • glen davis SAN DIEGO, CA
      • 6 months ago

      There is no wrong time to do the right thing.


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