February 22, 2012
Scout Organizations Put on Notice
The Nonprofit Times yesterday reported that both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts had an "interesting Presidents Day weekend." According to the Times, a California judge has "ordered the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to turn over confidential files on volunteers as part of a molestation case brought against the organization by a victim’s family."
The Santa Barbara County Superior Court judge has ordered the Texas-based BSA to turn over 20 years’ worth of files to the court by February 24 after reviewing some of the files in January. The victims’ names will be removed from the files and the files will not be made public.
Meanwhile, the Times reports, the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) were the subject of a diatribe by Indiana lawmaker Bob Morris (R-Fort Wayne), who claimed the Girl Scouts promote homosexuality and “have entered into a close strategic affiliation with Planned Parenthood.”
The verbal attack came after Indiana state representatives were asked to sign a resolution honoring the centennial anniversary of the GSUSA.
Morris refused to do so, instead sending a letter dated February 18 to fellow lawmakers denouncing the organization for its policies toward gay and transgendered scouts, as well as accusing the Girl Scouts of being in league with Planned Parenthood. Morris is the only representative not to sign the resolution, and said he plans to remove his two daughters from the Girl Scouts.
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