Re: Sexual Preference and Scouting
James Brown (aa473@CLEVELAND.FREENET.EDU)
Mon, 16 Sep 1991 13:52:01 -0400
Revision # 6 (and I still do not have it just right :-) )
I started to reply to Paul Russell's post with a simple "Here
Here" (or however that phrase is spelled). Then I thought
why take up band with to endorse something so logical and in
keeping with Scouting's objectives of teaching both respect
for social norms and respect for individuals regardless of
their physical or mental abnormalities.
Then Chuck McCaffrey sent his reply. He appears to feel that
Scouting has an obligation not just respect an individuals
privacy but to provide a platform to further the myth that
sexual abnormality is in fact normal.
For most of the history of mankind homosexuality has been
recognized as abnormal behavior. A few years ago the "mental
health experts" got together and ruled that this was only an
illness if the ill person thought it was. (I wish we could
stop cancer the same way "you only have it if you want to
have it.") Regardless of this self serving approach most
people still instinctively realize that this orientation is
neither normal or healthy.
Let me illustrate my point by using another chronic illness,
addiction to alcohol. The addict has an illness and should
not be "blamed" for the illness, rather assistance should be
made available to help the individual control it. If the
person does not wish to seek help and confines the resulting
problems such that only he or she is effected (ie Does not
drive or in other ways impact the safety of the public) their
illness is their concern.
However an individual with an uncontrolled alcohol addiction
is not be an appropriate role model and has no right to
expect Scouting to provide a platform for him/ her to extol
the joys of staying in a mild to moderate stupor at all times
to impressionable 8 to 18 year olds.
It is appropriate that young people be taught to respect
all human beings regardless of their physical, mental,
or intellectual capacities or deficiencies. It is another
thing completely to promote "alternate lifestyles" as
appropriate behavior through providing adult leadership/
role models who present their mental illness as a valid
socially acceptable activity.
PS I am sure I have both hurt some peoples feelings, for which I
am truly sorry, and that my post will engender some strong
Please send replies who's main message is to call me names, point
out that my thinking is not Politically Correct or impugning my
humanity direct to me. Comments on how my thoughts/beliefs
should or should not effect scouting policy are IMHO appropriate
to the list.
Or as it is often put "flames" to me discussion to the list.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City