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US: Bill to remove tax-exempt status from Boy Scouts passes California Senate

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  1. Christopher Coleman 30 May 2013, 5:19am

    A positive move. Good for the California Senate!

  2. Yet this bigoted organisation can continue discriminating against atheist and still recive praise

    1. Both atheists and agnostics as well. Funny thing though, the girl scouts don’t have a ban against gays and they have done fine over the decades.

    2. David Myers 31 May 2013, 3:41am

      One step at a time. Keep making progress with every step and never give up. But don’t ever forget atheists, agnostics, and our transgendered brothers and sisters.

  3. A good move, let’s hope that other states follow suit.

  4. Come on BSA, don’t dawdle…you approved the change to allow openly gay members so don’t make them wait until Jan 1, 2014. Do it now.

    The threat of removing tax exemptions should be used by more legislatures/parliaments around the world to ensure equality in all areas.

  5. Funny how a threat to an outfit’s finances can serve to ‘focus the mind’. I think if every religious person told church leaders to amend their anti-gay doctrine or they’ll cease funding them, there’d be an obvernight shift towards inclusivity.

  6. I don’t know much about Californian politics, but is this likely to pass the State Assembly? Assuming all the Republicans turn up and vote against, it would only need two Democrats to vote against it and it will fail to get the two-thirds majority required. Obviously I hope it does pass.

  7. I’m sorry but I disagree. Bribery is not the way to achieve equality and understanding. It merely breeds contempt.

    1. By which I mean blackmail. Duh.

      1. Christopher Coleman 30 May 2013, 3:16pm

        Blackmail can be very effective, especially when money is involved. We participate in blackmail whenever we boycott a business or a country. Parents do it to get children to behave better. You do when you tell politicians you’ll not vote for them if they support the wrong causes. Blackmail is as much the stuff of life as breathing. It has much wider than its usual criminal aspects.

        1. ‘Sanctions’ would be a better word than blackmail !

    2. They already have a sufficiency of “contempt”, that is entirely the problem.

      If a child misbehaves, do you punish it or just let it run wild?

      According to their own code, sanctions are required in such situations:
      “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” Proverbs 13:24 (KJV)

      Just like the misbehaving child, this is a group that needs to learn that it has to abide by the acceptable social norms that it operates in. Christianity has had two thousand years to get its house in order and oust those who use it to hide their hatred; that seems overly indulgent to me.

    3. Commander Thor 30 May 2013, 11:12am

      Yeah, doing nothing and letting them have what they want every time has worked so well in the past…

  8. Not sure how the legislation would discrimminate against religious beliefs as scout groups not affiliated to a religious organisation would also be subject to paying tax

    1. That isn’t the complete scenario. The religious bit is actually not relevant to the tax situation, its the discrimination bit they’re chasing. What you might have is :

      “scout groups not affiliated to a religious organisation”
      AND
      who “discriminate on the basis of gender identity, race, sexual orientation, nationality, religion or religion”

      If they drop the discrimination they’ll be fine.

  9. Either the Boy Scouts are a secular, non profit organization or they’re a religious based one. Enough pussy footing around.

  10. Lou Colombe 30 May 2013, 7:30pm

    Joseph Patrick McCormick: proof read. You wrote “religion and religion.” The whole article needs a rewrite. You get a C.

  11. Janet Lameck 31 May 2013, 12:33am

    GREAT move California!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Nobody and nothing should be tax exempt, ever. If your organization is a true charity that provides needed tangible goods or services (food, clothing, shelter, medical/counseling services, etc.) and makes no profit then taxation isn’t an issue for you. Everyone else pays their share and none of us pays for each others ideology, recreation, etc. Only actual 100% non-profit charities get a free ride.

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