Schools Dropping Scouting Sponsorships, Fearing Lawsuits

9:23 AM, Nov 9, 2005   |    comments
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By Cordell Whitlock (KSDK) — Threats of litigation by the American Civil Liberties Union is causing trouble for some Boy Scouts in St. Charles County. Last year the ACLU complained the Boy Scouts were a religious group, because members were compelled to swear an oath of duty to God. When the ACLU began winning court cases, several sponsors pulled out. Cub Scout Pack 530 was sponsored by Castlio Elementary School in St. Charles County for 20 years until the school pulled out after the ACLU'S nationwide threat to sue. Some parents are upset because the parent-teacher organization at Castlio decided not to sponsor the pack, after being requested to do so. When a new PTO Board was seated this year, members talked with an attorney and decided the organization was at risk legally by sponsoring the Scouts. "The ACLU has left the door open for litigation in this matter," says Castlio PTO President Mary Johnson. Jim Lodes is a Scout Master nad has a son in Pack 530. "I'm not an attorney, but I do know other PTOs in the area are sponsoring Scouts," says Lodes. Pack 530 can still meet at Castlio when space is available. And they found a new sponsor on Monday. Both the local ACLU and national chapter declined to comment.


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