Boy Scouts of America: Strip Donald Trump of His Honorary Presidency
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On July 24, 2017, Donald Trump turned a speaking engagement before the Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree where the President traditionally praises Scouts for their hard work, encourages them to abide by the Scout Oath and Law for all of their lives, and offers them advice for their futures into a shameful panoply of lies, partisan politics, disrespect for others, self-aggrandizement, and even more lies.
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. Donald Trump's speech violated many of these laws, particularly trustworthy, friendly, courteous, kind, and cheerful.
The boys and young men at the National Jamboree deserved better and this speech violated the BSA's position of being "wholly non-partisan". This violation was particularly egregious given that there were many young men who were not only disappointed by what they did not hear, they were offended by what they did. Many Scouting families treasure their Scouting experience and value the BSA as an important part of their lives but do not share the politics of any particular President. No one, Scout or adult, should be subjected to partisan speech at a Scouting event, let alone at the National Jamboree.
In recognition of the fact that Donald Trump completely disregarded the BSA's position as a non-partisan organization and further gave a speech that violated at least five of the twelve Boy Scout laws, we demand that the Boy Scouts of America strip Donald Trump of his honorary presidency of the BSA and advise him that he will never again be invited to speak at a Scouting event.
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