BSA’s Statements

“If you chose to really go it alone and ignore the policy, you are no longer a Scout,” Shields said. “Just like an atheist could not belong to the Boy Scouts of America.”
“If you don’t believe in God, thank you very much, you are not a Scout,” Shields said. “In the Boy Scout oath and law, it even states a Boy Scout is obedient.”
“Since we were founded, we have taught traditional family values,” Shields said. “We don’t feel an avowed homosexual is a role model for those values, and we don’t extend roles for leadership to those people.”
Gregg Shields, BSA National Spokesman
Oakland Tribune
Saturday, October 07, 2000

“A Scout leader has the responsibility to act as a role model. Boy Scouts of America regards homosexual conduct as inconsistent with the requirement in the Scout Oath to be morally straight and in the Scout Law to be clean in one’s speech and action, and therefore, does not appoint openly homosexual persons as Scout leaders.”
Scout Executive, Monmouth Area Council, NJ
Letter of expulsion sent to Scott Pusillo
April, 2000
Quoted in The Record, October 8, 2000
150 River Street, Hackensack, NJ, 07602

The Boy Scouts of America, as a private organization, must have the right to establish its own standards of membership if it is to continue to instill in boys the values of the Scout Oath and Law . . .
We believe an avowed homosexual is not a role model for the values espoused in the Scout Oath and Law.
Boy Scouting makes no effort to discover the sexual orientation of any person. Scouting’s message is compromised when prospective leaders present themselves as role models inconsistent with Boy Scouting’s understanding of the Scout Oath and Law.
Boy Scouts of America Statement, June 28, 2000
http://www.bsa.scouting.org/

In an interview last week, Gallagher said that a gay Scout would be asked to leave the organization if he decided to make his sexual orientation public.
“If he was an avowed homosexual he would be,” Gallagher said. “I find it hard to believe that a boy as young as a Cub Scout could come to that conclusion, but I could see in rare circumstances a Boy Scout at 17 or 18 might.”
“But we don’t ask,” he stressed. “It’s not a question on an application or anything like that.” . . . .
“We have removed people from scouting because we didn’t think they were proper role models — people who had problems with alcohol or drugs,” he said.
The issue in the cases involving troop leaders — as would be the case with a gay troop leader, he said — is whether a person is suitable to serve.
“They are not an appropriate role model,” he said. “They may not be a bad person, but is that the kind of role model you want?”
Joe Gallagher, Scout Executive, Yankee Clipper Council, MA
LOWELL SUN, September 18, 2000
15 Kearney Square, P.O. Box 1477, Lowell, MA 01853
(Fax 508-453-7177 ) (E-Mail: letters@lowellsun.com ) ( http://www.lowellsun.com/ )

When I asked the council’s executive director, Jeff Herrmann, if there was any room to compromise on the issue of gay scoutmasters, he flatly answered no. “We have no wiggle room on that,” declares Herrmann. “Avowed homosexuals are not role models the way we interpret the scout oath and law.” He argues that the South Florida Council of the Boy Scouts is committed to this policy. “We are in lock step on this issue,” he says.
Jeffrie Herrmann, Scout Executive, South Florida Council
Miami New Times (weekly), September 28, 2000
PO Box 011591, Miami, FL 33101-1591
(E-Mail: feedback@miaminewtimes.com ) ( http://www.miaminewtimes.com )

“We will not compromise on that rule. We cannot compromise on that rule,” said Jeffrie Herrmann, chief South Florida Scout. “We’re not going to back down. Our values are not for sale.”
Jeffrie Herrmann, Scout Executive, South Florida Council
Miami Herald, September 23, 2000
1 Herald Plaza, Miami, FL, 33132
(Fax 305-527-8955 or 305-376-8950 ) (E-Mail: HeraldEd@herald.com )

Let’s assume the head of the Daniel Webster Boy Scout Council was so distraught that he just wasn’t thinking clearly after the Monadnock United Way decided to exclude the Scouts from its funding list.
Alan Lambert of Manchester sent out an extraordinary statement last week, urging Boy Scout supporters not to contribute to the United Way. “I encourage all those community members who disagree with this decision to vote with their dollars when the campaign begins,” he wrote, adding, “The United Way ruling will ultimately hurt the youth of the Monadnock Region.”
Shortly after the ruling, New Hampshire’s Alan Lambert instructed a Hanover Scout leader to “sever any relations” with the Scouts because in a newspaper column the man had disclosed he is gay. And Lambert told Monadnock United Way officials that, from now on, the Scouts would exclude gay members as well as gay leaders. Clearly, the statewide organization was going through a transition from the open and tolerant institution it has always seemed in this region to something different.
Alan Lambert, Scout Executive, Daniel Webster Council NH
as quoted by the Editorial Board Keene (NH) Sentinel
September 26, 2000

“I am disappointed that because we didn’t follow United Way’s social engineering concept we lose the funds,” said Mark Haller, the chairman of the Cascade District, which runs scouting troops in Bellevue and Mercer Island.
Mark Haller, Cascade District Chairman, Chief Seattle Council WA
Eastside Journal, September 7, 2000
1705 132nd Avenue N.E.
Bellevue, WA 98005-2251

“We are bound by our charter,” Edgar said in a news conference after the United Way made its decision. “It’s not up for negotiation. … I don’t think that the Scouts would have gone to the time, effort and expense to take the case all the way to the Supreme Court if they were going to bow to the pressure and change their policy right after that decision.
“If we espouse a system of values that we will change at the least bit of pressure, then what good are those values?”
Chuck Edgar, president of the Gulf Stream Council, FL
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, September 22, 2000
200 E. Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
(Fax 954-356-4624 ) (E-MAIL: letters@sun-sentinel.com )

“We are disappointed with the decision,” said Carrol Murray, a spokeswoman for the chief council. It is too early to tell what will happen with future funding, although there will be no change in the council’s stance on gay members, she said.
The Chief Seattle Boy Scouts Council WA
Eastside Journal, September 7, 2000
1705 132nd Avenue N.E.
Bellevue, WA 98005-2251