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BANK SHOULD TRIPLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SCOUTS, BAUER SAYS

 BANK SHOULD TRIPLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SCOUTS, BAUER SAYS
 WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- "BankAmerica's decision to resume funding to the Boy Scouts of America this week is a step in the right direction, but the bank needs to do more," said Gary L. Bauer, president of the Family Research Council.
 BankAmerica Corporation, one of several firms that cut funding to the Boy Scouts of America primarily over the Scouts' policy of excluding homosexuals as members and leaders, backed down in the face of a massive consumer boycott that reportedly has cost the bank hundreds of millions of dollars in lost accounts.
 "Backing off from an attack is simply not enough. If the bank wants to show its good faith in the Scouts -- one of America's most wholesome and important institutions -- the bank's directors should approve restitution. By that I mean they should triple contributions to the Scouts.
 "This incident goes beyond one firm coming to its senses. It shows that corporate America must heed the concerns of millions of Americans who hold traditional family values and support the right to freedom of association.
 "Corporations that foolishly enter the cultural war by allowing radical groups to politicize their philanthropic efforts are finding out that it will cost them and their stockholders dearly. The people they should worry about offending are not the tiny minority of cultural radicals but the overwhelming majority of Americans who feel that in a free America, organizations have the right to determine their own membership and leadership standards. Any group of Americans can form organizations if they want. But the Scouts have the right to be the Scouts."
 Bauer, who made a statement last week supporting the Scouts at a Washington press conference along with Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), Tom DeLay (R-Texas) and 13 other congressmen, added that boycott efforts against Wells Fargo Bank and Levi Strauss & Co. will continue until "they back down from their attempt to bully the Scouts into abandoning their most fundamental values."
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