Sunday, July 30, 2006

Scouts’ Parents “Fed Up”

Philadelphia Inquirer relates Boy Scouts’ predicament.

For the last eight years, Philadelphia narcotics detective Andy Callaghan has spent his spare time working with adolescent boys.

"The parents, we, are fed up being labeled as discriminatory," Callaghan said. "The scouts are the original 'don't ask, don't tell' organization. I know for a fact there are gay people involved in scouting. It's our position that scouting is for everybody."

Losing the Cradle of Liberty Council's city headquarters would be a disaster, said J.R. Brockman, scoutmaster of Troop 133 in Philadelphia's Overbrook section, one of the nation's oldest African American scout troops.

"Regardless of where you stand on the issue, [losing the headquarters] will only be detrimental to the kids," said Brockman, scoutmaster for nine years. "It would have a devastating impact on youth."

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