In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that as a private group, the Boy Scouts of America can ban homosexuals from membership withing its organization. However, that ruling hasn't stopped the city of Philadelphia from increasing the Boy Scouts rent from $1 a year to $200,000 all because the Scouts are supposedly violating city anti-discrimination laws. Now a community that for decades has seen all the good deeds the Scouts have done for thousands of urban youth, is outraged, and rightfully so:
Philadelphia - Perhaps reacting to the avalanche of 150,000 emails supporting local Boy Scouts that nearly crashed the city's computers this week, word of an impending settlement hit City Council Thursday.That's right, 40,000 kids. But the City Council of Philly has no interest in the needs and wants of the youth within their crime-plagued city. Instead they cater to hate laws designed to abolish moral fortitude.
The city has told Boy Scouts' local Cradle of Liberty Council it must comply with city non-discrimination policies. The national organization does not allow openly homosexual members.
If the Cradle of Liberty Council cannot comply with city non-discrimination policies it has been told it must either pay market value rent of $200,000 a year to the city or abandon the city-owned Fairmount Park building the Boy Scouts built and have occupied since 1927. City Council, the Street Administration and the Fairmount Park Board are unanimous in this demand.
Thursday, Councilman Jack Kelly introduced a resolution asking the city to give the Boy Scouts as much time as they need to find a new headquarters. The resolution also called on the city to reimburse the Scouts for improvements made to the building. "It's an issue of fairness," Councilman Kelly argued to his colleagues. "They are being penalized for the policies of the national organization. I don't want to have to kick out an organization that keeps 40,000 kids off the streets."