Re: Sexual Preference and Scouting
Mon, 16 Sep 1991 09:29:16 CDT
Don has a good point....are we going to get so uptight about protecting
our youth from potential abuse that we will disband all youth programs
(including scouting) and keep our children locked away at home?
I have taught my son what I can to avoid abuse...a lot of really good
advice/instruction is published by BSA on the subject and printed
right there in a special section in the Wolf/Bear/Webelos books.
I have taught him this just as I have taught him to not cross the
street without looking both ways, and to count his change...all in the
hope that he will avoid getting hurt and know how to defend himself
against those who will TRY to take advantage of him. Then I can only
do what all parents do and HOPE and PRAY that my instructions and
efforts will work. If I shelter him too much, he will never grow up.
If I don't shelter him and teach him enough, he will never live to grow
The great issues of our day: abortion/pro-life, black/white, gay/straight...
these will not be settled overnight. I agree with another person on
this list who pointed out that a lot of what the activists say and do
to promote their cause (however worthy) is actually counter-productive.
A gay friend of mine thinks he can make his working conditions more
equitable by rubbing other people's noses in his gay-ness. I told him
that in my opinion the only way ANYBODY can make their working
conditions more equitable is by being the very best WORKER they are
capable of being. Knock the socks off of 'em with your abilities and
your hard work...and you'll have the respect and acceptance you crave.
That's my own strategy as a woman in a highly male-oriented profession.
It works for me. I strongly suspect that it is the only thing that
really works for anyone, in any sphere of life.
--- Monica Pilman
Unit Commissioner, New Orleans Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City