January 13, 2004
WE STRONGLY object to your editorial encouraging individual donations to the Cradle of Liberty Council, and to your assertion that the council "has consistently tried to do the right thing in a difficult situation. " The right thing to do "for the sake of the kids" would have been to keep Gregory Lattera in the organization after he spoke out. By giving in to the discrimination of the Boy Scouts of America, the council set a horrible example for every child, leader and parent in the Philadelphia region, and the Daily News sets an even worse example by encouraging support for an organization that discriminates on the basis of religious belief and sexual orientation.
September 3, 1989 |
A Huntingdon Valley man has decided to drop a lawsuit against the Valley Forge Council of the Boy Scouts of America, according to Doylestown lawyer Robert J. Gleason. John Vassollo of the 300 block of Welsh Road dropped his lawsuit against the Valley Forge Council of the Boy Scouts of America last week, Gleason said. Vassollo filed the suit in Montgomery County Court in July 1988, claiming $20,000 in punitive damages and unspecified damages of $40,000 after he broke his ankle when he and his son, Matthew, were leaving a camping trip held on the Boy Scouts Delmont Scout Camp, in Green Lane.
December 13, 2012 |
A Delaware man Wednesday sued the Boy Scouts of America and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over childhood sexual abuse committed by the scoutmaster at his church-sponsored troop. Melvin Novak filed the lawsuit in state court in Philadelphia, charging that newly released Boy Scout "perversion files" support his claim that the organization hid abuse complaints for years. "They knew about this conduct, they knew what was going on, and they covered it up in the most despicable way," attorney Stewart J. Eisenberg said at a news conference attended by Novak and his father.
July 23, 2012 |
Gay scouts and scout leaders will have to remain in the shadows for now due to the Boy Scouts of America's decision Tuesday to cling to its unenlightened policy of barring openly gay members and scoutmasters. By reaffirming its exclusionary policy after a secretive internal review, the Boy Scouts missed a chance to put scouting back on the right foot. At a time when the nation's views on same-sex marriage are shifting toward acceptance, and when the U.S. military has dropped its ban on gay soldiers, the Boy Scouts' national leaders are keeping scouting rooted in the past.
March 20, 1986 |
Boy Scouts, satellite dishes and street lights were the order of the day for the Cheltenham Township commissioners this week. At a meeting Tuesday night, the Board of Commissioners: Granted permission for Cheltenham Boy Scout Troop 321 to lease a Colonial-era, township-owned stone house at 409 Ashbourne Rd. in Tookany Park, the troop's first new home in 27 years. Approved an amendment to the township zoning ordinance regulating satellite dishes. Approved a pilot program to install 70 to 80 sodium vapor street lights.
December 11, 2007
CHRISTINE Flowers hit the nail on the head in her Dec. 7 op-ed about the city evicting the Boy Scouts from their headquarters. Being politically correct isn't always right. In an op-ed in the Inquirer on June 6, I wrote that a change in the BSA's anti-gay policy is needed, but must come from within. Please, Philadelphia, don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. This story is now national news. The New York Times published a lengthy story on Dec. 6. The anti-discrimination policy of the Cradle of Liberty Council was based on the policy of the New York Scouting Organization.
March 26, 2002
AMID THE latest firestorm of pedophilia charges against the Roman Catholic priesthood, the media has been grinding its ax fast and furious against the church's celibacy requirement. Either the celibacy rule is "attracting too many homosexuals," creating a bountiful feeding ground for child sex-abusers, or turning too many heterosexual priests into sexually psychotic predators. Ironically, just a few years ago, the media said the Boy Scouts of America had too few homosexuals among its leadership ranks.
September 27, 2006
TWO HUNDRED eighty-seven murders to date, the latest a 5-year-old girl simply sitting in the back seat of her mother's car on a Sunday drive. But what are the mayor and City Council worried about, where is their focus? It is on those horrible, highly taxed cigarette smokers and the Boy Scouts. Smoking is a terrible, life-threatening habit, one I've been trying to give up for years, but to rush through a bill like this when our children are being shot to death is ridiculous.