International scouting comes out against Ugandan gay genocide

Posted on 01 Mar 2010 at 7:29am

BSAThe chief executive of the Scout Association UK, Derek Twine had this to say about the Ugandan genocide bill targeting gays, lesbians, their friends and families:

We find the Bill not only discriminatory and contrary to the sanctity of life, but also completely incompatible with our interpretation of the values of our worldwide Scouting Movement. We have already drawn our grave concerns on this to the attention of the Secretary General of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM), and we are subsequently aware that the issues are now subject both to WOSM’s direct engagement with the Chief Scout of Uganda (Mrs Maggie Kigozi) and to ongoing global consideration by members of the World Scout Committee.

Twine acknowledges that gay scouts and scout leaders are only a small part of the gay population of Uganda. However, David Bahati, the member of the Ugandan parliament who is the chief sponsor of the bill, is also the Chief Scout and the Chief Commissioner of the Uganda Scout Association.

Irving, Tex. -based Boy Scout of America that has gone to the Supreme Court to retain its right to discriminate against gays has remained silent on the issue. BSA is a member of WOSM.

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