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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1991
I find it ironic that the Boy Scouts of America and the American Civil Liberties Union are both approximately 70 years old. The Scout law has 12 points. It states that a Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. And what about the ACLU? Legalization of child pornography, legalization of drugs, legalization of prostitution, abortion on demand, mandatory sex education, busing, ideological testing for court appointees, automatic entitled probation, public demonstrations for Nazis and communists and legalization of polygamy.
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OPINION
May 24, 2013
Re "Scouting's error," Opinion, May 22 It boggles the mind that the Boy Scouts of America wraps itself up in this bigoted view of homosexual leaders when in many other ways it has always been very inclusive. James Dale's piece expresses the view of a gay Eagle Scout; in the May 21 Wall Street Journal, an Op-Ed article spoke to the absurdity of this whole mess, proposing that the Boy Scouts should be agnostic concerning sex and stick to the basic tenets of Scouting. The entire focus should be on the material inside the Boy Scout Handbook.
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OPINION
February 24, 2008
Re "Scouting's merits," Opinion, Feb. 12 Jay Fernandez attacks one of the nation's finest institutions, the Boy Scouts. He grounds his assault on a solicitation letter he received from the Scouting Legal Defense Fund. He does not mention that the fund is not affiliated with the Boy Scouts. Fernandez asserts that the Boy Scouts "exclude children or adult volunteers based on their sexual orientation." That's misleading. The Scouts are against overt sexual conduct or statements by anyone -- homosexual or heterosexual.
NATIONAL
May 23, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
GRAPEVINE, Texas - In a highly anticipated vote Thursday, the Boy Scouts of America lifted its ban on gay youth starting next year, the latest sign of a shift in American attitudes toward gays and lesbians. The resolution was adopted with more than 60% of the vote. The vote to allow gay youth in Scouting - but not gay adult leaders - was held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Central time during the group's annual meeting in the Dallas suburb of Grapevine. After about 1,400 members of the Boy Scouts national council voted by secret ballot, their votes were tallied by an outside balloting firm, Washington, D.C.-based True Ballot, and delivered to Boy Scouts President Wayne Perry, who announced the results to the gathering shortly after 5 p.m. Central time, according Boy Scouts spokesman Deron Smith.
OPINION
December 28, 2012
Re “ Scouts employ aggressive tactics in abuse defense ,” Dec. 25 I was an assistant Cub Scout den leader in the early 1990s. I was required to participate in training that was all about protecting the boys from any sort of abuse. As I recall, we were instructed to be sure that boys were never left alone with only one adult; there were always supposed to be at least two. Maryly Cushingham Fullerton The Roman Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts have long fought public exposure of their pedophile scandals, at the expense of future victims' safety.
OPINION
May 24, 2013
Re "Scouting's error," Opinion, May 22 It boggles the mind that the Boy Scouts of America wraps itself up in this bigoted view of homosexual leaders when in many other ways it has always been very inclusive. James Dale's piece expresses the view of a gay Eagle Scout; in the May 21 Wall Street Journal, an Op-Ed article spoke to the absurdity of this whole mess, proposing that the Boy Scouts should be agnostic concerning sex and stick to the basic tenets of Scouting. The entire focus should be on the material inside the Boy Scout Handbook.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1986 | TOM GORMAN, Times Staff Writer
Todd Crawford, a 13-year-old Boy Scout, has earned merit badges in such traditional subjects as camping, swimming, cooking, first aid, basketry, emergency preparedness and canoeing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1999
For nearly nine decades, the Boy Scouts of America has instilled in youngsters 11 to 17 some of the qualities that society values most: trustworthiness, loyalty, friendliness, bravery, concern for others. By the group's own standards, James Dale, now 29, was a model Boy Scout, earning a chest full of merit badges and becoming an assistant scoutmaster. But the organization expelled him nine years ago when it found out he is homosexual.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2000 | RICHARD FAUSSET, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It had all of the makings of a Christmas blockbuster: Heroism. Sacrifice. Fast cars. Even a Grinch-like plot to thwart the spirit of the season. About 6 p.m. Tuesday, a young man exited the Sport Chalet at Media City Center, running by the gift-wrap table operated by Boy Scout Troop 209, which for the last four years has used the endeavor to raise thousands of dollars for summer camp and other troop expenses.
NATIONAL
May 23, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
GRAPEVINE, Texas - In a highly anticipated vote Thursday, the Boy Scouts of America lifted its ban on gay youth starting next year, the latest sign of a shift in American attitudes toward gays and lesbians. The resolution was adopted with more than 60% of the vote. The vote to allow gay youth in Scouting - but not gay adult leaders - was held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Central time during the group's annual meeting in the Dallas suburb of Grapevine. After about 1,400 members of the Boy Scouts national council voted by secret ballot, their votes were tallied by an outside balloting firm, Washington, D.C.-based True Ballot, and delivered to Boy Scouts President Wayne Perry, who announced the results to the gathering shortly after 5 p.m. Central time, according Boy Scouts spokesman Deron Smith.
OPINION
December 28, 2012
Re “ Scouts employ aggressive tactics in abuse defense ,” Dec. 25 I was an assistant Cub Scout den leader in the early 1990s. I was required to participate in training that was all about protecting the boys from any sort of abuse. As I recall, we were instructed to be sure that boys were never left alone with only one adult; there were always supposed to be at least two. Maryly Cushingham Fullerton The Roman Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts have long fought public exposure of their pedophile scandals, at the expense of future victims' safety.
OPINION
November 3, 2012
Re "Scout abuse files spur strong reaction," Oct. 27 In the late 1980s, the Boy Scouts of America changed its requirements for groups that sponsor local Scout troops or Cub Scout packs. The revised registration forms for sponsor organizations contained words to the effect that the unit sponsor agreed to be solely responsible for the selection of the troop leadership and for their actions. Now that we know, from Times reports, that the Boy Scouts of America knew at that time of the extent of pedophilia among its troop leaders, one can speculate as to the reason for this change in which party has liability.
OPINION
February 24, 2008
Re "Scouting's merits," Opinion, Feb. 12 Jay Fernandez attacks one of the nation's finest institutions, the Boy Scouts. He grounds his assault on a solicitation letter he received from the Scouting Legal Defense Fund. He does not mention that the fund is not affiliated with the Boy Scouts. Fernandez asserts that the Boy Scouts "exclude children or adult volunteers based on their sexual orientation." That's misleading. The Scouts are against overt sexual conduct or statements by anyone -- homosexual or heterosexual.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2000 | RICHARD FAUSSET, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It had all of the makings of a Christmas blockbuster: Heroism. Sacrifice. Fast cars. Even a Grinch-like plot to thwart the spirit of the season. About 6 p.m. Tuesday, a young man exited the Sport Chalet at Media City Center, running by the gift-wrap table operated by Boy Scout Troop 209, which for the last four years has used the endeavor to raise thousands of dollars for summer camp and other troop expenses.
NEWS
August 31, 2000 | RENEE TAWA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a tough neighborhood in the Bronx, back in the '40s, Howard Menzer thought that the Boy Scouts of America was forever. That his bond with the Scouts would be as strong as the knots that he and his buddies learned to tie. Buddies like Frankie, who invited him over for Christmas dinners and didn't care that he was Jewish. And Barry, the chubby kid who turned into a tall, strapping Scout, and Lenny, who later would be openly gay.
NEWS
April 27, 2000 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Supreme Court struggled Wednesday over whether the Boy Scouts have a constitutional right to exclude gays, atheists and others who do not fit within their moral code. That issue arose only because the New Jersey Supreme Court, in a one-of-a-kind decision, ruled that the Scouts are a type of public business and therefore may not, in keeping with state law, discriminate against people based on race, gender, religion or sexual orientation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 1996 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was an unusual time. And theirs was an unlikely group. They were rebellious black teenagers meeting weekly to learn knot-tying, compass-reading and animal-tracking skills. He was a white man with a love for the outdoors who found himself on the urban streets of Compton and Willowbrook. But for nearly a decade in the tumultuous 1960s and '70s, Boy Scout Troop 1135 flourished as one of the few inner-city groups of its kind.
OPINION
November 3, 2012
Re "Scout abuse files spur strong reaction," Oct. 27 In the late 1980s, the Boy Scouts of America changed its requirements for groups that sponsor local Scout troops or Cub Scout packs. The revised registration forms for sponsor organizations contained words to the effect that the unit sponsor agreed to be solely responsible for the selection of the troop leadership and for their actions. Now that we know, from Times reports, that the Boy Scouts of America knew at that time of the extent of pedophilia among its troop leaders, one can speculate as to the reason for this change in which party has liability.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1999
For nearly nine decades, the Boy Scouts of America has instilled in youngsters 11 to 17 some of the qualities that society values most: trustworthiness, loyalty, friendliness, bravery, concern for others. By the group's own standards, James Dale, now 29, was a model Boy Scout, earning a chest full of merit badges and becoming an assistant scoutmaster. But the organization expelled him nine years ago when it found out he is homosexual.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 1996 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was an unusual time. And theirs was an unlikely group. They were rebellious black teenagers meeting weekly to learn knot-tying, compass-reading and animal-tracking skills. He was a white man with a love for the outdoors who found himself on the urban streets of Compton and Willowbrook. But for nearly a decade in the tumultuous 1960s and '70s, Boy Scout Troop 1135 flourished as one of the few inner-city groups of its kind.
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