WHEREAS Unitarian Universalists have consistently affirmed the rights of
bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender persons;
WHEREAS anti-gay violence has been on the rise, with a dramatic increase at
public schools and with 19% of gay youth reporting having suffered physical
attacks based on their sexual orientation;
WHEREAS the Boy Scouts of America's policy is to "not allow for the
registration of avowed homosexuals as members or as leaders of the Boy Scouts of
WHEREAS the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) requires all Boy Scouts to affirm a
duty to God;
WHEREAS many individual UUs are involved with the BSA, either as youth
involved in the program or as adult leaders;
WHEREAS the BSA and many Boy Scout troops use public facilities;
WHEREAS the BSA dropped the UU Religion in Life emblem from its religious
emblem program in May 1998 in response to the UUA's inclusion in the Religion in
Life program pamphlet a copy of the UUA Board's 1992 resolution and other
material mentioning the conflict between UU values and BSA policy;
WHEREAS the BSA rejected the newly revised version of the Religion in Life
program on May 7, 1999, with Lawrence Ray Smith, Chairman of the BSA's Religious
Relationships Committee, stating that the supplemental information the UUA
wanted to provide with the Religion in Life program would be "using boys as a
venue to air your differences with the policies of the Boy Scouts of America";
WHEREAS the BSA has maintained since the inception of the religious awards
programs that the requirements are set by the denomination, the training in and
certifying of the completion of the requirements is by local religious leaders,
and the presentation of the award is by the local religious group and not by the
WHEREAS we believe any attempt by the BSA to define what any religion can or
cannot teach its Scouting youth is a clear interference with religious freedom;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the 1999 General Assembly of the Unitarian
Universalist Association urges the Association to:
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