Steven Spielberg Declines Further Term on Boy Scouts Advisory Board

Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from Steven Spielberg

    LOS ANGELES, April 16 /PRNewswire/ --
 
     Statement from Steven Spielberg:
 
     "The last few years in scouting have deeply saddened me to see the Boy
 Scouts of America actively and publicly participating in discrimination.  It's
 a real shame.  I thought the Boy Scouts stood for equal opportunity, and I
 have consistently spoken out publicly and privately against intolerance and
 discrimination based on ethnic, religious, racial, and sexual orientation.
     "While I have had no active direct role in the Scouts there are still many
 people who assume I support every current policy -- and the discriminatory
 policy -- because my name is attached to the Advisory Board.  To avoid any
 further misunderstanding, I have chosen to decline another term on the
 Advisory Board while continuing to encourage -- for the good of scouting --
 efforts to end this intolerance and discrimination once and for all.
     "Once scouting fully opens its doors to all who desire the same experience
 that so fully enriched me as a young person, I will be happy to reconsider a
 role on the Advisory Board."
 
 

SOURCE Steven Spielberg
    LOS ANGELES, April 16 /PRNewswire/ --
 
     Statement from Steven Spielberg:
 
     "The last few years in scouting have deeply saddened me to see the Boy
 Scouts of America actively and publicly participating in discrimination.  It's
 a real shame.  I thought the Boy Scouts stood for equal opportunity, and I
 have consistently spoken out publicly and privately against intolerance and
 discrimination based on ethnic, religious, racial, and sexual orientation.
     "While I have had no active direct role in the Scouts there are still many
 people who assume I support every current policy -- and the discriminatory
 policy -- because my name is attached to the Advisory Board.  To avoid any
 further misunderstanding, I have chosen to decline another term on the
 Advisory Board while continuing to encourage -- for the good of scouting --
 efforts to end this intolerance and discrimination once and for all.
     "Once scouting fully opens its doors to all who desire the same experience
 that so fully enriched me as a young person, I will be happy to reconsider a
 role on the Advisory Board."
 
 SOURCE  Steven Spielberg