So there was a proposal before the CA State Assembly to honor the work done by the Boy Scouts of America, in particular the local councils in CA ....
It was to mark the Boy Scouts 100th anniversary of the good deeds thay have done in America (around the world its been even longer) ....
But ALONG PARTY LINES the resolution was voted down ...
now in all fairness, there are only 10 members in the state Assembly - 3 Republicans, 7 Democrats - and by the sounds of it, this happens a LOT.
But the thing that got me was the statement as to why they turned it down:
Okay - first, it has already been ruled on by the Supreme Court of the United States .... you know that one that they love to use as the Final Word on Abortion Rights? ... has said that since the Boy Scouts are a private group, they can set their own policies.
"As with similar resolutions introduced in the past, the resolution raises once again the sincere and troubling concerns expressed historically by many members of this Committee and a host of groups and individuals committed to equality and nondiscrimination, because the proposed resolution seeks to put the California Legislature on record commemorating an organization that has long discriminated against individuals because of their sexual orientation or religious views."
From L.A. Times, "Assembly Kills Resolution Honoring Boy Scouts"
second, the Boy Scouts do NOT discriminate based on religion -- if they do then that is a local problem not a National one.
The following religions are listed as recognized for the Religious Medal scouts can earn (and yes, not every religion is offered but that does not equal discrimination ... Visit the P.R.A.Y site for all the religions offered):
African Methodist Episcopal
Armenian Church - Eastern Diosese
Amenian Church - Western Prelacy
Association of Unity Churches
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (Mormon)
Churches of Christ
First Church of Christ, Scientist
General Church of New Jerusalem
Polish National Catholic
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Reorganized Church of the Latter Day Saints
United Church of Christ