HOT AND HEAVY
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Mon, 16 Sep 1991 16:45:00 MST
"Hot and Heavy", that's how I described the hunting issue which hit the the
Michigan State News and was dropped when the editors got tired of it.
Things seem to have really flared up today over the homosexual thing. I do
not beleive I have seen this much activity since the female boy scout
discussion, or was it the last time this topic came up?
Abnormal adj. not normal, average, or typical; irregular (Webster's New
This word has been used a lot the last couple of days and some people seem
unable to pick up their Webster's and read for themselves the definition of
The word does apply to homosexuals and any one with an once of common sense
should be able to see why. Sex has its basis in REPRODUCTION. Sex also
seems to be a form of pleasure for many people. It has been a form of
pleasure for many people for a long time (think about the joke stating the
world's oldest profession). The pleasure aspect does not change the fact
that it is reproduction and continuance of the human race which is the
reason for sex in the first place. This is what makes homosexuality
considered abnormal, then and now. It just is not normal, average, or
Just because it is abnormal, DOES NOT MEAN IT IS WRONG (nothing in the
definition of abnormal about that). There is research going on in this
area and one scientist has (through experiments) developed a theory about a
certain part of the brain which appears different in Homosexuals than it
does in Hetersexuals. In his research, he also found variances in which
the two groups were not mutually exclusive. His work might turn into the
first major step we take in understanding homosexuality. A lot of people
may get upset by this man's research, but he may be on the right track and
he many not be. We will not know, until his research is verified and
futher experiments are carried out. (I guess we all need to dontate our
brains to sciene so we can solve this puzzle!) Mental retardation is also
considered abnormal. Many types of retardation have been traced and
continue to be traced back to genetic defects. (I feel safe using the
phrase genetic defects, since this is how the scientic community refers to
many conditions which cause retardation.) That does not make Mental
retardation wrong, just abnormal.
Now let's get a little closer to home. I have a hearing impairment, mostly
likely of genetic causes. I wear hearing aids. Guess what, I am
ABNORMAL!!!!! In society, being abnormal with hearing aids is more
acceptable then being abnormal in your sexual preference. But if someone
were to say that hearing impaired people do not face the discrimination that
homosexuals do, I would laugh in their face and then direct them to the
nearest chapter for Self-Help for the Hard of Hearing to find out what kind
of discrimination hard of hearing people really do face. Face it most of
us have some sort of abnormality.
Society is learning, that abnoralities do not necessary make someone bad.
(Unless that research about criminals continues and it does find a genetic
relationship for violent criminals.) Slowly we are accepting people and
things we once labeled bad because we DID NOT UNDERSTAND THEM AND THEY WERE
DIFFERENT than most people.
This leads me to my second point:
The idea that change has to come from within. What is really meant by this
has nothing to do with homosexuals which are currently active in scouting.
In reality, they are the wrong and worst people to activly solicite the
change. The soliciting, education, and slow moving push toward recognition
that abnormal does not always mean bad must come from those of us who do
not fit into that catagory. Everyone expects the liberal democrate from
San Francisco to push for gay rights and equality and all that stuff. The
community he lives in is like that. But if the conservative republican
from Arizona starts working for these notions, odds are, the people who
need to change the most, will be more likely to listen and change. (This
does not mean they will change, but the odds are better.) The change will take
time and will have to subtle, step by step. When it comes it will be
acceptable and there will not be any backlash or explosions. We have to
convince the organization that there is no harm or danger. If we force it,
there will be a backlash for certain from the grassroots level and very
likely from the organization level as well.
So please, let's put a little water on the flames here and see if we can
work toward the idea that abnormal or different does not always mean bad.
If I recall Paul's original message (I think he is the one that got us
going again on this topic), it was one of acceptance, but I do not agree
with you. That is one of the principals which makes this country strong.
We belive in differnt religions and repect those. As Paul indicated in his
last message today, keep your private life private and lets see what kind
of program we can provide for our youths (be they Scouts, YMCA, YWCA, or a
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City