Thursday, October 24, 2013
DECISION OF THE UNITED WAY OF THE BLUEGRASS TO RESCIND FUNDING TO THE BLUE GRASS COUNCIL OF THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Organizations are fostering the very intolerance, anti-diversity, and anti-equality ‘traditional values’ we seek to eliminate, but I am sad to say that some are not practicing the very values we seek.
It is our fear that, in this period of transition, we risk destroying an institution that brings positive value to the lives of children across the country. We ask the Boy Scouts of America to continue their progress. We also ask that progressive organizations not join forces with the radical social conservatives in exterminating the Boy Scouts over this issue. Institutions change over time, but that takes time and work. Now is a time for support and positive growth toward equality, not for using the hateful tactics of radical social conservatives against a group evolving toward modern equality."
In an email to Kentucky Equality Federation, this parent says it best: "Change takes time, and now is the time. Many conservative groups have disassociated themselves from Scouting because of the progressive movement. It is very damaging to Scouting to also be criticized by progressive groups."
“We request that United Way of the Bluegrass reconsider its decision in light of the damage it does to the equality movement and the children of Kentucky,” said Kentucky Equality Federation Vice President of Policy and Public Relations Joshua Koch. “While we support defunding legitimate anti-equality organizations, we recognize the advances made by the Boy Scouts, and we hope that they will continue to develop their standards in a more equal direction. We should reward their progress, and help them grow further in the future.”