California Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Boy Scout Discrimination

The California Supreme Court hears arguments in two different cases on whether the Boy Scouts should be allowed to continue discriminating against gays and atheists when it comes to members and employees.

According to George Davidson, the attorney for the Boy Scouts of America, forcing them to admit gays and atheists would be like forcing the NAACP to provide legal services for the Ku Klux Klan.

Davidson's basic argument is that the Boy Scouts is a private religious organization that has a right to make membership and employment decisions based on religious values. He holds up a Boy Scout book to the seven justices of the California Supreme Court and says:

"There's God on the front cover, there's God on the back cover."

Plaintiffs argue that the Boy Scouts is run more like a business than a private club. They sell camping supplies, engage in public relations, pay for a full-time staff, and charge fees.

One of the cases involves Timothy Curran, a former Eagle Scout who was fired from his position as an assistant scoutmaster after a newspaper story outed him as gay. The other case involves twins Michael and William Randall who describe themselves as agnostic and, therefore, have been unable to honestly swear a "duty to God" as required by the Boy Scout oath.

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