City of Brotherly Love slams Boy Scouts

Refusal to bend rules to accommodate political correctness causes yearly rent hike of $199,999

Since 1928, the City of Philadelphia has leased an historic building to the Boy Scouts for the token sum of $1.00 a year. The new $200,000 fee is the penalty imposed for failure to renounce their long-held national council policies, resulting in charges of discrimination against gays and atheists.

Barring a resolution, the Cradle of Liberty Council, consisting of approximately 64,000 scouts in Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs, will be forced to vacate the property by the appropriate date of April 1, or April Fools Day.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2000 that the scouts, as a private group, have a First Amendment right to bar homosexuals from membership. Philadelphia officials, in an effort to appease homosexual activists, began searching for a way to punish the scouts. The rent increase was the vehicle to do that.

Charges of “discrimination” appear to be selectively applied, since the city apparently finds no objection to discriminating against the scouts due to their beliefs.

11 Responses to City of Brotherly Love slams Boy Scouts

  1. Phil says:

    Charges of “discrimination” appear to be selectively applied, since the city apparently finds no objection to discriminating against the scouts due to their beliefs.

    Actually, it doesn’t appear to be discrimination, if the city is simply treating the Scouts as they would any other private group.

  2. Ginny says:

    Phil:
    What a shame that a venerable institution such as the Boy Scouts of America is taking hits like this because they have and maintain standards. The US Supreme Court ruled in their favor a few years back.

    Scouting has contributed greatly to educating boys for generations. My son was a Cub and Boy Scout when they had dens in the schools. Now they find refuge within churches, since the government schools have fallen in with the politically correct thinking of the far left and homosexual lobby. You must have read that in the state of Maine middle school children, as young as 11, can now receive contraceptives without parental consent.

    BTW, my nephew, who is now a Valley surgeon, made our entire family beam with pride when he achieved his Eagle Scout award.

    Scouts revere God, family and are American patriots. More power to them!

  3. Phil says:

    Hi Ginny,
    I was a Boy Scout for five years, and I agree that they have done lots of good for lots of communities over the past century.

    That said, it still seems fair that a city like Philadelphia would treat the scouts the same way that they treat any other private group, doesn’t it?

  4. Brian Westley says:

    I agree with Phil; some people are so used to having unfair advantages, that a level playing field suddenly looks slanted to them.

  5. Mr. Conservative says:

    The B.S.A. is one of the great pillars of our society and should be treated as such. If the NAACP ( or other liberal “pet” organization ) were treated this way, the outrage from the left & the MSM ( the same thing ) would go on day and night until someone “backed off” and gave them back the $1.00 lease.

    Maybe this is part of an underlying symptom as to why people are moving from Philadelphia?

  6. Phil says:

    If the NAACP ( or other liberal “pet” organization ) were treated this way

    Can you find a good example of where such a thing has happened? I’ve never heard of the NAACP being given special $1 leases in the first place, so I’m not sure what you mean when you say “treated this way.”

    I’d say that the B.S.A. is as much a pillar of our society as the Catholic Church, the Methodist Church, the Jewish faith, and the Mormon Church. Would you agree? The Boy Scouts fought hard to be classified as a private religious organization–they took their case all the way to the Supreme Court, and won. It’s not a liberal smear to call the Boy Scouts a private religious club; that is their own self-designation.

  7. Vince says:

    The Boy Scouts of America have been held in high esteem for generations. Involvement in scouting is honorable. It’s the polictically correct crowd and the Gay Rights groups that seek to degrade this fine organization. Thank God for the churches stepping in where public schools once proudly stood. Public schools have sadly fallen on tough times since letting liberalism take over where common sense once prevailed.

    I’m not Mormon, but I understand from my nieghbor that the LDS church sponsors scout packs and dens. Good for them!!

  8. Phil says:

    Vince-
    How is it degrading to treat the Scouts exactly as one would treat the Mormon church or a Jewish synagogue? It sounds like you’re insulting churches by saying that they aren’t honorable enough to be compared to Scouting.

  9. Vince says:

    Not at all. Scouting transcends any speciifc faith. and scouts belong to all faiths. They do believe in God, and are worshipful.

    Scouting is great for boys, teaching them qualities to help them mature into decent, family oriented, law abiding and proud American, men.

    And, no, I would not want my sons to be on overnight campouts with “Gay” scout leaders. Sorry, but I would not intentionally expose them to that situation. Life is filled with enough serious problems without adding another major and life altering concern.

    I am grateful our church supports scouting.

  10. Mark says:

    Isn’t it wonderful how tolerant the homosexuals and their allies are of the rest of us? And wait till Ted Kennedy has his way with us. We will have to keep statistics to prove we have met our quota of hired homosexuals.

  11. Phil says:

    Mark:
    How is it intolerant to treat the Scouts _exactly_ as one would treat any other private organization? If an anti-miscegenation church refuses to hire a man with a black wife, that’s fine– they can hold their beliefs, they can maintain the “integrity” of their hiring practices, etc. But it’s not appropriate for them to get a subsidy supported by all taxpayers in the city.

    The Scouts have every right to their beliefs that gay kids and polytheists can’t be scouts. They have a right to not hire who they want to not hire. But their exclusionary policies should not be supported by public funds: the Scouts should be treated exactly like any other private club. How is that “intolerance,” Mark?