I’ve been reading many of these letters regarding the United Way decision to implement an anti discrimination policy and how they are singling out the Boy Scouts of America. I don’t believe everyone understands what I believe to be the facts.
First, the BSA has not been singled out. Everyone who receives funding from the United Way must meet the same criteria in regards to anti discrimination. Second, the BSA has funding approved through June of 2001. They can apply in February 2001 for funding in the year July 2001 through June 2002, without meeting the anti-discrimination policy. In February 2002 they will have to decide if they want to conform to the new policy. So, they have plenty of time to seek alternate funding or (I would hope) meet the United Way policy.
Thirdly, the same Supreme Court decision that allows the BSA freedom to associate based on their moral beliefs is the same decision that allows the United Way and other nonprofit organizations to implement similar nondiscrimination policies.
Finally, people should be aware that they can still contribute to the BSA through the United Way by simply designating the BSA on their pledge form.
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