Re: Sexual Preference and Scouting
Sun, 15 Sep 1991 12:50:14 CDT
Paul D. Russell writes:
> I don't care what goes on in the privacy of your home between you and
> any other consenting adult(s). Your preference in sex partners and/or
> activities is none of my business, and I won't ask you about it. But,
> if you choose to make your private life a public issue, you have no
> cause for complaint when those of us around you choose to express our
> opinions about your life-style.
Well then, Paul, you won't mind when "those of us around you choose to
express OUR opinions about YOUR life-style." For surely, heterosexuals
trumpet their private lives in many ways, some subtle, some not. Like
the wearing of wedding rings. The use of titles of address such as
"Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Russell." Invitations to company-sponsored
events that say, "Spouses and children welcome," while at the same time
making no accomodations for same-sex partners. Indeed. Heterosexuals'
private lives are a very public issue, yet you seem to have no problem
with that. Your double-standard is showing, my benighted friend.
> I believe that it is inappropriate for an adult who has been placed in a
> position of responsibility for the development of young people to use
> that position to influence those young people to espouse his/her own
> personal views on social issues, particularly when those views diverge
> from those of the organization that placed the adult in that position.
Then all married, heterosexual adults must, by your dictates, take off
their wedding rings and not mention or discuss their heterosexual
liaisons when they are in positions of authority over young folks. And
all people must stop thinking for themselves, but kowtow to the
strictures of our bourgeois, paternalistic, nationalistic, racist,
militaristic, homophobic society if we are to put your mindless beliefs
into mindless action. Your goal seems to be to make the USA a place
where everyone thinks the same. What a terrible place the USA would be then.
Following your own advice of not using a position of authority "to
influence . . . young people to espouse [your] own personal views on
social issues," I hope that you resign your position as troop committee
chairperson so that you will stop indoctrinating young folks with the
poison that you call thought.
Chuck McCaffrey, Eagle Scout, Class of 1968, Troop 36, Abraham Lincoln Council
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