Bugs, gays, atheists, and flamers
Wed, 29 May 1991 09:59:37 CDT
From: Troye Kauffman Bitnet: AEZTROY@UICVMC
(217) 244-6322 Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bugs: Just one more endorsement (and caveat) for Skin-So-Soft: Florida
National High Adventure Seabase recommends Avon Skin-So-Soft in its
literature for sand fleas and mosquitos, but also recommends bringing a
DEET-based repellant. When we went, we found that the DEET was superior to
S.S.S for mosquitos, but that S.S.S was indespensible for the sand fleas.
- Gays: I have nothing against gays, and am appalled by the hatred directed
against them, however I would not be comfortable with a MILITANTLY gay
unit leader. I will use drinking as an example to illustrate why:
I drink, but never to excess, and never at any scout functions. I believe
that in the American scouting program, consumption of alcohol has no place,
and it would be improper to openly endorse the consumption of alcohol in the
capacity of a scout leader. Suppose I made an issue of the fact that I
drank alcohol, took care to make the fact openly known with everyone in the
troop, and made a point to insist on being a leader considering the fact that
I was a drinker. The acceptance of my leadership on such conditions might
seem to be an endorsement for alcohol consumption, and would set an example
contrary to the the expressed desires of the BSA. This would give the
chartered organization a very good reason not to approve me for leadership,
if they wished not to. Since BSA has said that homosexuality is not to be a
part of its program, anyone who brings this openly into a troop setting
could be removed. I personally believe that a person's sexuality has no
part in a troop or pack setting, and it is inappropriate to make an issue of
it in such, whether it is homosexual or heterosexual.
Religion: It would seem that this forum would be a good place to draw an
analogy between the scouting program and a computer program. Some
- They are distributed on an asis basis.
- One must pay to use them.
- You cannot modify the program beyond stated customization specs.
- The company does not have to sell it to everyone who asks for it.
- The program cannot be circulated or resold, either in a modified or
There are more, but maybe not relevant to this discussion.
Flamers: I believe that one of the list's guidlelines is to direct remarks
at ideas, and not people. I don't think that a warm personal remark to
another contributer hurts anything, but I think that when staring at a
CRT, it is more difficult to be as sensitive to another person's feelings
when that other person is looking you in the eye. Along the same lines,
it might be a good idea to choose one's words carefully (and read others'
with the same care!) when discussing the merits of an idea.
Love your brother! (in a genderless sense)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City