October 19, 2004

BADGES? THEY DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' BADGES:

Wider openings for Boy Scouts: The US Department of Education is likely to grant the Boy Scouts even more access rights to public schools. (Randy Dotinga, 10/20/04, CS Monitor)

Three years after the federal government ordered public schools to keep their doors open to the Boy Scouts of America, the US Department of Education is poised to revisit its rules regarding "patriotic youth groups" - a move likely to grant the Boy Scouts even more access rights.

In recent years, some public schools across the country have tried to limit or eliminate their ties with the Boy Scouts and affiliated organizations, including the Cub Scouts, because they exclude homosexuals and atheists. The National Education Association, a teachers' union, reported in 2003 that at least 14 school districts - including New York City's - had cut off their sponsorships of the Boy Scouts.

In response to the threat of campus lockouts, Congress in 2001 voted to cut federal funding from any school that banned the Boy Scouts or any similar group from "open forum" access. "We simply ask that if other groups are meeting in school rooms or gymnasiums or school facilities, we want the same kind of treatment," says Gregg Shields, spokesman for the Boy Scouts. [...]

So why add more regulations to the books three years after the initial rule went into effect? "What we're doing now is proposing to the public the specific details of how we intend to enforce it," says Marcus.

Naomi Gittins, senior staff attorney for the National School Boards Association, says the proposed new policies could grant youth groups even more access to campuses by expanding the definition of a "public forum."

A school that allows the public to use its property only for education-related events, for example, may have to open its doors to the Boy Scouts too, she says. "It takes away the school's prerogative to say whether the Boy Scouts fit in with their parameters."


Manuevering themselves into a position where they oppose the Boy Scouts is only the clearest indication that all the social wedge issues are disastrous for Democrats.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 19, 2004 7:59 PM
Comments

"Wider openings for Boy Scouts" -

Unfortunate choice of words for this headline.

Posted by: Pseald Booth Czolgosz at October 19, 2004 10:13 PM

>In recent years, some public schools across the
>country have tried to limit or eliminate their
>ties with the Boy Scouts and affiliated
>organizations, including the Cub Scouts,
>because they exclude homosexuals and atheists.

Life imitates South Park.

Remember when they found out Big Gay Al was their Scoutmaster and tried to replace him? (Hint: Big Gay Al was the only one in the fray who showed any sense...)

Posted by: Ken at October 20, 2004 1:38 PM
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