Re: Homosexual Scouting
Frank Boimare (SC0HASS@VM.TCS.TULANE.EDU)
Tue, 28 May 1991 10:34:12 CDT
"Discrimination" is the basis of *ALL* organizations! People with *like*
interests seek out other people with *like* interests. They *exclude*
people with *unlike* interests.
What people do with their *own* lives is their *own* business -- until
that "business" infringes on someone else's life. It seems that anyone
telling me that I *have* to associate with someone or admit someone to my
group which has limited, clearly defined purposes, and a set of rules
designed to protect the minor members of that group from potential abuse
by people with *unlike* interests is completely out of line.
Should colleges admit students who do not have the basic skills necessary
to complete the work? Should they refuse admission to qualified students
whose parents are unable to pay? Isn't that discrimination according to
Should Girl Scouts be forced to sleep in tents with unrelated adult male
leaders who are more interested in them as sex objects than Girl Scouts?
Isn't that discriminating against those men?
In other words, where do you draw the line? At what point is it acceptable
for someone else's *rights* to infringe on yours or mine?
This is why we elect people to make and enforce laws and rules for "the
common good." Every group has the right to do what it wants to do as long
as it lives within these laws and rules. The person in the court case did
not have to make an issue out of the fact that he was gay *unless* his
rights as a homosexual were *more* important to him than the principles of
Scouting and the rights of the minor children in the program. This person
should be banned from Scouting on the basis of his selfish attitude alone!
The fact that you (or anyone else) can tell me who I *have* to associate
with in my leisure time is not a liberal attitude -- it is the worse kind
of fascist elitism!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City