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California Synagogue takes action against Boy Scouts anti-gay policy

Thursday, January 17, 2013

LAFAYETTE, Calif. — A California Synagogue has become the latest group to reject the Boy Scouts of America’s anti-gay policies.

The board of directors at Temple Isaiah, in Lafayette, Calif., voted unanimously this week to to recommend that the rabbinical staff and synagogue members write letters stating their opposition to the policy, along with withdrawing financial support and refusing to participate in scouting events.

“The Board of Directors of Temple Isaiah voted unanimously Tuesday night to express its opposition to the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to disqualify participants because of sexual orientation,” according to a statement on the temple’s website.

The Board policy calls for a letter writing campaign to the local and national BSA councils, as well as encouraging Temple members and other community organizations to join in the effort to enact change through letters, financial pressure, postponing participation and supporting movements such as Scouts for Equality.

The board said it would also ask staff and others to decline making write Eagle Scout recommendations, or allow religious awards for the BSA until the policy is changed.

“Though we cannot change the Scouts’ national policy, we can work hard within and outside Temple Isaiah’s walls to create an awareness of the damaging consequences of such policies on all our youth and on our communities,” Rabbi Roberto Graetz said in a statement.

In July 2012 the Boy Scouts of America announced it would retain its ban on gay members, volunteers and staff.

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3 more reader comments:

  1. Good! But please be careful, some of the people who are most rabid about this sort of thing aren’t too good to lay a ton of anti-semitism out!

    Posted on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 8:06pm
  2. I applaud them and wish other churches that are pro-equality would come forward to take a stand against the BSA’s homophobic stance.

    Posted on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 8:09pm
  3. Thank you!

    Posted on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 8:51pm