Re: Homosexual Scouting
Frank Boimare (SC0HASS@VM.TCS.TULANE.EDU)
Wed, 29 May 1991 09:37:00 CDT
You seem to be missing the point here.
BSA is basically an organization for *children*, and minor children at that.
No one is trying to stifle their development or lie to them about the real
world. We just want them to grow up in as safe of an environment as we as
parents can provide, until they are old enough to make their own choices
about sex, etc.
We as unpaid, volunteer leaders do not have the skills to separate the many
honest, well-meaning gay people who want to work with kids in a positive way
from the perverts who want to abuse them -- and yes, in the REAL world, there
have been many documented cases of perverts targeting the children in BSA and
other youth groups, church groups and schools for their own purposes. How
do we determine who is a "safe" gay and who is a pervert? To the best of my
knowledge, no one has developed such a "rating" system. Even if they had,
it would be grossly unfair to force anyone, gay or straight, to submit to
such a system.
So what options does the BSA have? Do we, as leaders *and* parents, take a
chance? What is an acceptable rate of failure in the screening process?
What would *you* tell a parent whose child has been molested? What would
*you* tell the child: Tough luck, kid! Welcome to the REAL world? We -- and
I think most parents outside of BSA -- believe that no rate of failure is
acceptable. Until someone comes up with a universal system with a 100% rate
of success, we have to continue to try the best way us *unenlightened* folks
Can anyone reasonably expect a 6-year-old to know if Mr. Joe, the Den Leader,
is doing something perverse as opposed to doing something OK, especially after
Mr. Joe has sworn an oath not to do anything which disagrees with the rules
of the BSA?
In short, by virtue of his/her lifestyle, a gay person who joins BSA is seeking
to *change* BSA. Whether or not you or the gay person consider the people
in BSA "unenlightened" or not part of the real world is a moot point. If the
members who joined the organization because of its clearly expressed goals
and purposes wanted to change those goals and purposes, they would change
Incidentally, when you bring your "bedroom" or your "art" out into the REAL
world as you call it, *YOU* subject them to scrutiny and criticism!
PS Indulge my curiosity -- why did Doug leave you in charge of this list if
you object so strongly to the basis of its existence?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City