Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

US Senate Votes on DOD Support of Scouting

Expand Messages
  • David Fabie
    Scouts allowed continued use of military bases Senate approves measure 98-0 Tuesday, July 26, 2005; Posted: 2:05 p.m. EDT (18:05 GMT) WASHINGTON (AP) -- The
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 26, 2005
    • 0 Attachment
      Scouts allowed continued use of military bases
      Senate approves measure 98-0

      Tuesday, July 26, 2005; Posted: 2:05 p.m. EDT (18:05 GMT)

      WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate voted Tuesday to allow U.S. military
      bases to continue to host Boy Scouts events, responding to lawsuits
      and a federal court ruling aimed at severing relationships between
      the government and the youth group.

      The vote came one day after four adult Scout leaders were killed on
      the opening day of the National Scout Jamboree at the Army's Fort
      A.P. Hill in Bowling Green, Virginia, when a tent pole apparently
      struck a power line.

      In a 98-0 vote, the Senate approved the provision continuing the
      hosting of Boy Scout events as part of massive bill setting Defense
      Department policy for next year.

      Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tennessee, a former Boy Scout
      who sponsored the Senate provision, said it is necessary to push back
      on a spate of lawsuits to limit Boy Scout activities on government
      property. The provision adopted Tuesday says Boy Scouts should be
      treated the same as other national youth organizations

      Frist said it "removes any doubt that federal agencies may welcome
      Scouts to hold meetings, go camping on federal property or hold
      scouting events and public forums" on government property.

      In 1999, the ACLU of Illinois filed a lawsuit claiming the Pentagon's
      sponsorship of such Boy Scout activities violates the First
      Amendment. The ACLU argues that direct government sponsorship of the
      group amounts to discrimination.

      Civil liberties advocates have assailed the Boy Scouts organization
      because it bans openly gay leaders and compels members to swear an
      oath of duty to God.

      On June 22, U.S. District Judge Blanche Manning ruled in the ACLU's
      favor, saying the Pentagon can't spend millions of dollars to sponsor
      Boy Scout events. She said in an earlier ruling that the government
      spent between $6 million and $8 million to host the Jamboree on a
      military base in 1997 and 2001.

      The House in November overwhelmingly passed a nonbinding resolution
      that recognized the Boy Scouts organization for its public service
      efforts and condemned legal efforts to limit government ties to the
      organization that has 3.2 million members.
    Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.