Message sent with CFI's late effort to derail 'Scout's Honor'

WASHINGTON: The Culture and Family Institute (CFI) launched a

last-minute grassroots campaign last week to attempt to derail a PBS

documentary about the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and its policy toward


Thirteen thousand e-mails from CFI went out on Monday, June 18

persuading members to call their local PBS affiliate and demand the show

be removed from the schedule. Peter LaBarbera, senior policy analyst for

CFI, a recently founded division of Concerned Women for America, said

PBS should not be allowed to air pro-homosexual material because it is

funded with taxpayer money.

"The issue of homosexuality is controversial everywhere," he said, "but

when you have taxpayer money going in, it's a different story."

The documentary, entitled Scout's Honor, was produced and directed by

Tom Shepard, who also directed Lavender Hill, a documentary about a

summer camp for children of gay parents. Scout's Honor follows the

struggle of two heterosexual scouts trying to win membership rights for


Although BSA literature lists no explicit policy toward gay members, the

US Supreme Court last year granted the almost 100-year-old organization

the right to dismiss men from leadership roles should they make their

homosexuality public.

Despite being launched just a day before the program was set to air, the

CFI campaign received coverage on NBC News, The New York Times, Fox News

channel and The Washington Times (where LaBarbera was once a


"We got a late start, so I don't know if we'll actually be able to

derail this thing" said La-Barbera, "but this does send a message."

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