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Associate Justice Marvin Baxter asked the Scouts' attorney whether the Sea Scouts' logic would allow groups like the Ku Klux Klan to demand public funding. "It's unfortunate, but it's correct," answered Jonathan Gordon.The above quote is from an article on the San Francisco Chronicle concerning the California Supreme Court case involving the City of Berkeley and the Boy Scouts of America. The Sea Scouts (a division of the Boy Scouts of America) is given a subsidy in the marina owned by the city. When the city told the Sea Scouts that they would have to either disavow the discriminatory membership policies of the Scouts or break away from the group (due to the city's policy of offering subsidies only to non-profit groups without discriminatory membership policies), the Sea Scouts refused and were then denied the marina subsidy. It seems as though the Boy Scouts are arguing that they can do anything they want, discriminate against any one they choose and still think that they can receive public funding. No group which has discriminatory membership policies should be allowed to benefit from public funds, part of which undoubtedly come from gay people, as well as atheists. If gays or atheists wanted to get involved in the Sea Scouts, who operate partly through public funding, they wouldn't be able to. I think it is absolutely appalling that the Boy Scouts would put themselves in the same category as the KKK. I also think it shows something very important about the group:
- They know they are discriminatory, prejudiced, biased and bigoted.
- They know that their membership policies are that way.
- They are not even trying to hide those facts and they are openly discriminating without regret.