Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Wed, 29 May 1991 13:47:37 EDT
Opinion: It is certainly not the main goal of scouting to "teach"
scouts about sexuality, although there has been much more
recent emphasis on related topics, in SCOUT leader training,
to include the ABUSE issues. The sexuality problems in
society are *NOT* caused by scouting, nor is it likely that
the scouting program could do much to correct the problems.
On the other hand, SCOUTS are required to PROMISE to be
reverent, which can be taken to mean various things. BUT,
the SCOUT OATH enforces a DUTY to GOD! And TO ME, so does
the pledge of allegiance to the flag of our country! (USA)
So is that to say that a person that does not beleive in a
God, should not be allowed to be a citizen of the USA? I
think the USA is (or should be) BIG enough and free enough
to find a place for ALL people, reguardless of sexual preference
or religous beliefs.
No one that I know of, was ever *FORCED* to join scouts! It is
a voluntary group, with a relativly common set of goals and IDEALS!
If they do not agree with your own, you are not required to join.
There are plenty of other groups out there, perhaps one that is
more inline with your personal beliefs. The idea is not for
scouting to change so much as to loose sight of the objective,
but rather to help to change society to a more sharing and caring
set of objectives. IE. a SCOUT promises to BE HELPFUL, FRIENDLY
COUTEOUS and KIND, and to HELP OTHER PEOPLE at ALL TIMES!!
I personally don't care what you do in your "BEDROOM", and I
don't care about your art, or your church, but if you want to
be a scout, you should know the rules before you join, and if
you join knowing the rules, you should follow them, or IF they
are wrong, work to get them changed! If you don't like the 55
mph speed limit, you have the same choices.
Arn't there more real scouting related issues to be discussed?
I just want to go camping an get away from this dumb computer
for a week!
still scouting, simce '57
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City