AFA of PA ACTION ALERT
August 17, 2012
United Way of the Capital Region Considers Defunding Boy Scouts
This past Monday the United Way of the Capital Region met with representatives from the New Birth of Freedom Council, which oversees Boy Scouts in Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry, York and Adams counties and serves 11,400 Scouts. If the United Way decides against the Boy Scouts it will mean a loss of $85,000 annually. Why does the United Way of the Capital Region feel compelled to question the funding of the New Birth of Freedom Council? Because of their ban on homosexual leaders and members and the national BSA’s reaffirmation of that ban on July 17th has brought the issue to the forefront. The United Way of the Capital Region has added “sexual orientation” to their policies and they no longer fund organizations which “discriminate” against homosexuals.
Yesterday the AFA of PA contacted the chairman of the volunteer board, which according to the Patriot News article, will be making the final decision. We asked the board to put aside politics and do what is best for the 11,400 Scouts who would be negatively impacted by the removal of $85,000 annually from the scout council’s budget.
You can read our news release for more information here.
Contact the United Way and ask them to move beyond political correctness and do what is best for the Scouts served by the New Birth of Freedom Scout Council.
United Way of the Capital Region
2235 Millennium Way
Enola, PA 17025
Leadership is here. As we looked down through those named on the “leadership” list we noticed that several of these work for businesses which were sponsors or had booths at the Central PA Pride Festival on July 28th. Highmark Blue Shield was the top donor ($10,000) for the event. This may not bode well for the Boy Scouts!