Saturday, December 01, 2007

Philadelphia Boy Scouts at their deadline

Still no reprieve for the Philadelphia-based Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Read my take of their pending eviction here and here. Latest news as of yesterday is here. Two key components not mentioned specially in my earlier posts:

The Cradle of Liberty Council has pointed out that they have an agreement with Philadelphia adopted in January 2004 which stipulates, As the most diverse youth serving organization in our service area, we are committed to this mission and we oppose any form of unlawful discrimination. The local chapter does not ... take an interest in whether a scout or a troop leader is gay, but it would object to a member using the organization as a platform for advocacy of gay rights or any political agenda.

[W]hile the Boy Scouts have not paid over a dollar per year in rent for the use of the city's building, they do pay roughly $60,000 a year for its maintenance and undertook a $2.6 million renovation in 1994.
Clearly, as the Boy Scouts have a binding in perpetuity lease, they have the legal standing. However, their legal budget in no way matches the heft of the Philadelphia Solicitor's. The can and should take the city to court, but who knows how long the city can waste their monies before the verdict is handed down?



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