Philadelphia, The Boy Scouts and Gays
The Associated Press is reporting that the Philadelphia Boy Scout council, “The Cradle of Liberty”, would be evicted or forced to pay a “fair” rent price unless they change their policy on gays. The council has used a half acre owned by the Philadelphia Art Museum as their headquarters since 1928. The city council in 1928 voted to allow the Boy Scouts to use the property rent-free “in perpetuity” or forever. The Boy Scouts of America’s policy on gays, the same that the Philadelphia faction follows as well, was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2000. The policy forbids gays from being leaders.
I grew up as a member of the Cub Scouts and eventually the Boy Scouts as a part of Troop 477 in the Philadelphia council. I understand that their policy on gays is archaic but this is also an organization that helps thousands of kids a year so I am not sure how I feel about the city tossing them on their ass. I smell a rather large and expensive battle brewing here. Thoughts?
Source: Yahoo! News