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UPS will no longer deliver to the Boy Scouts of America – cash, that is

THE United Parcel Service (UPS) Inc has signalled its disapproval of the Boy Scouts’ anti-gay policy by announcing an end to funding for the BSA

UPS, according to this report, will soon adopt a non-discrimination policy that disqualifies the BSA from future funding. UPS follows the Intel Foundation in withdrawing corporate sponsorship from the BSA.

UPS said in a statement on its website:

UPS and The UPS Foundation do not discriminate against any person or organisation with regard to categories protected by applicable law, as well as other categories protected by UPS and The UPS Foundation in our own policies. These include, but are not limited to race, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status, pregnancy, age and religion.

Among those to applauded the UPS move was Zach Wahls, the Iowa student whose impassioned pro-gay marriage speech to his state’s legislators became the most-watched political clip of 2011 on YouTube after going viral twice last year.

Wahls said:

UPS showed true bravery today in standing with the 80,000 Americans, including thousands of Scouts and Scout leaders, who oppose the Boy Scouts’ hurtful anti-gay policy. That bravery is what Scouting is all about.

Corporate America gets it better than most: policies that discriminate aren’t simply wrong, they’re bad for business and they’re hurting the Scouting community. You would think that after all the Boy Scouts have lost as a result of this policy, they would understand that.

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) President Herdon Graddick added:

Equality is not only good for business, but supported by a vast majority of Americans. The time is now for the BSA to end this outdated and unpopular ban before other corporate funders pull dollars and scouting families drop their support.

In July, BSA reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays from participating as scouts or troop leaders, citing support from parents as a key incentive.

The Scouts’ chief executive Bob Mazzuca told the Associated Press:

The vast majority of the parents of youth we serve value their right to address issues of same-sex orientation within their family, with spiritual advisers and at the appropriate time and in the right setting. We fully understand that no single policy will accommodate the many diverse views among our membership or society.

The issue had been brought the forefront again after the case of Jennifer Tyrrell, the Ohio-based mother who was forced to resign as den leader of her son’s Tiger Scout group because she is a lesbian.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

 

16 Responses to “UPS will no longer deliver to the Boy Scouts of America – cash, that is”

  1. Lazy Susan says:

    What exactly is a “spiritual adviser” anyway?

  2. sailor1031 says:

    @1; any priest,pastor, parson, rebbi, imam, lama etc who tells youwhat to belive, what to do, how & when to do it and is getting his/her instructions from the doGs…

  3. Barry Duke says:

    Meanwhile, back in La La Land, Christian News is having a field day over the revelation that Sesame Street’s Elmo is gay, and had sex with a “child” (by all accounts a consenting teen of 16):
    http://christiannews.net/2012/11/12/puppeteer-behind-sesame-streets-elmo-reveals-he-is-gay-amid-child-sex-allegations/

  4. barriejohn says:

    Thumbs UPS!

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  6. JohnMWhite says:

    “The vast majority of the parents of youth we serve value their right to address issues of same-sex orientation within their family, with spiritual advisers and at the appropriate time and in the right setting. We fully understand that no single policy will accommodate the many diverse views among our membership or society.”

    This is simply a wordy way of saying “we think bigots are in the majority so we’ll side with them”. Moral cowardice and cynical opportunism badges are surely on their way.

    Though it really looks like the election of November 6th has demonstrated that the bigots are dwindling.

  7. Barry Duke says:

    The bigots are now making threatening noises about seceding from the Union. Pissing myself: http://christiannews.net/2012/11/13/obama-second-term-sparks-clarion-calls-for-succession-and-mass-resistance/

  8. barriejohn says:

    No hiding the fact that their report initially had the bigots calling for “succession”. The internet can be so unforgiving at times! I’m laughing at “unjust laws”. Unjust for whom, precisely?

  9. Matt Westwood says:

    Unjust for dope smokers, for a start …

  10. Harry says:

    No doubt these secessionists are the same idiots who wanted to throw out people who didn’t like Bush.

  11. Trevor Blake says:

    Atheist Boy Scouts (of America) are apparently so verboten that they aren’t mentioned even here. Scouting in other countries (and Girl Scouts in the USA) have not excluded atheists and homosexuals to the same degree. Blame the Mormons, who also disallowed black scout leaders until the 1970s.

  12. Lazy Susan says:

    barriejohn – re “succession” – there’s a video where the reporter gets people in the USA to sign a petition calling for an end to “end women’s suffrage.” The signers are students – in other words, they should know better – they are supposed to be better educated and informed.

    In fact, here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uPcthZL2RE

  13. barriejohn says:

    Lazy Susan: I HAVE seen it. Hilarious. The Southern States most certainly didn’t “succeed”!

  14. Robster says:

    Gees, I was a boy scout here in Oz in the 60’s. Back then god was optional, an option very few chose. Too much baggage.

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