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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.
NEWS
September 3, 1989 | By Peter J. Shelly, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
December 13, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
NEWS
July 23, 2012 | Russell Cooke
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.
NEWS
March 20, 1986 | By Ginny Wiegand, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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February 15, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
Remember George Washington and his men, said Boy Scout leaders as they rallied their own near-frozen troops at Valley Forge National Historical Park on Saturday morning. The Continental Army didn't have the high-tech, cold-weather wear the scouts have. A shining sun was deceiving as more than 1,600 scouts gathered - braced against a punishing wind and bundled with thick layers - for the organization's 104th annual pilgrimage and encampment at the site where Washington's Continental Army stayed during the treacherous winter of 1777-78.
NEWS
December 18, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Staff Writer
The chairperson of Valley Youth House reiterated the group's support for its new CEO on Wednesday, following a news conference to formally introduce Tom Harrington. Harrington previously led the Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts of America, a group the city once sought to evict because its policy then banned gay members and leaders. Youth House does extensive work with gay youths, particularly those who are homeless. "We intend to keep doing what we're doing," serving youths in need, said chairperson Lesley Fallon.
NEWS
December 17, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, STAFF WRITER jgammage@phillynews.com 215-854-4906 @JeffGammage
The former head of the Cradle of Liberty Council Boy Scouts, a group the city sought to evict because its policy banned gays, has been hired to lead a nonprofit that helps gay youths. Thomas Harrington will be introduced Wednesday as the new CEO of Valley Youth House, an Allentown-based organization with offices and initiatives in Philadelphia. In an interview, Harrington said the policy that disallowed gay scouts was set by the national Boy Scouts of America and had no bearing on his new role at Youth House, which, among other programs, helps gay, lesbian, and transgender youths find jobs, housing, and comfort in their own identities.
NEWS
December 7, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ian Matheson Ballard, 78, a physician and a resident of Radnor before moving to Bryn Mawr in 2011, died Monday, Nov. 30, from complications of pneumonia at Lankenau Hospital. He and wife Helen Clothier Ballard celebrated their 33d wedding anniversary on April 16. Born in Fairview Village, he was the son of Herbert T. Ballard Jr. and Margaret Matheson Ballard. Dr. Ballard graduated from Mercersburg Academy, Lafayette College, and Temple University School of Medicine. He served an internship and his internal medicine residency at St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem.
NEWS
November 12, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
They served on Okinawa and Saipan, in Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. They were assigned to destroyers, flew B-17s, and drove six-wheeled Army cargo trucks loaded with gasoline. They saw the devastation from atomic bombs and the heartbreak of concentration camps. And when they came home, many of the World War II veterans now living at Plush Mills Senior Living in Wallingford, Delaware County, put their memories aside and got on with life. "There are parts I don't talk about," said Bill Spohn, 91, who served as an Army sergeant.
NEWS
October 30, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Serena W. gets Wired She's not famous for her work on computers, but Serena Williams does know a thing or two about being a trailblazer. That's why she says she's excited to be the guest editor for Wired magazine's November issue, which is devoted to the theme. It features profiles of 10 revolutionary figures, including activist DeRay Mckesson , Black Girls Code founder Kimberly Bryant , UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey , and rapper Common . "That's the reason I wanted to do this issue with Wired - I'm a black woman, and I am in a sport that wasn't really meant for black people.
NEWS
July 31, 2015
ANY BOY SCOUT can tell you that there are a lot of different types of knots. Square knots. Slip knots. Rope knots. Figure Eight knots. They each have a different purpose, significance and importance, and they're not interchangeable. Kind of like men and women. Of course, these days you won't hear a lot of people talking about the uniqueness of the male/female dichotomy. It's not considered polite to point out that only women can have babies, with the complementary help from men. Beyond that, it's now illegal to tell two women they can't marry each other, and God forbid we slip and call Caitlyn by his/her former name: Bruce "Olympian" Jenner.
NEWS
July 30, 2015
SOMEDAY, THE United States will be a true melting pot, a country tolerant and respectful of a wide variety of viewpoints, beliefs, morals and traditions. That ideal can seem far away, especially given some of the recent battles over civil rights, but this week's decision by the Boy Scouts of America to no longer discriminate against gay leaders brings us closer to that ideal. It follows closely on the heels of last month's Supreme Court ruling striking down laws prohibiting gay marriage, (and comes two years after the BSA lifted the ban on gay scouts)
NEWS
July 29, 2015 | BY ANNIE PALMER, Daily News Staff Writer palmera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
THE BOY SCOUTS of America last night moved to end a ban on gay leaders, with 79 percent of the Texas-based organization's executive board voting for the resolution. But some equal-rights activists weren't quite ready to rejoice. The resolution still allows religious charter organizations, which oversee 70 percent of local scouting programs, to make hiring decisions based on sexual orientation. Civic groups, such as rotary clubs and fire departments, can no longer discriminate based on sexual orientation.
NEWS
July 14, 2015
THE FIRING OF teacher Margie Winters by Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion on the basis of Winters' marriage to another woman comes at a time that guaranteed this to be a hot-button issue. It's just weeks after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the legality of gay marriage, and months away from a visit from the pope, who is known for his messages of love, forgiveness and his suggestion of tolerance for gays. Layer this on top of many Catholics struggling to reconcile their faith against decades of church scandals involving child abuse by priests.
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