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
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."