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.