SF Homoseeuxlity scouting and stuff
John G. Daneau (daneaujg@CLUTX.CLARKSON.EDU)
Tue, 17 Sep 1991 01:45:28 EDT
Well folks here's my two cents,
1) The folks in SF who decided to have scouting programs removed from schools
did the biggest disservice they could to the youth in their community and to
the movement of trying to get the BSA to recognize and permit homosexuals as
leaders. Truely the only way any group of individuals will come to accept a
dissimilar group is through getting to know the other group. This has happened
all over the country with different ethnic, religous, and social groups. The
groups with the easiest transitions to socitial integration have always had
to endure the longest ammounts of discrimination and have usually been the
quietest in doing so. If you don't think so check the local history of your
area, and compare it to the local history of any metropolitian area, the
similarities are there. If the folks in SF allowed scouting to remain in schools
the scouting leaders, both professional and volunteer, would see the positive
effect the homosexual adults in the SF school system are having on the youth,
and try to bring change to the BSA to permit such good influence to be a part
of the BSA. By seperating the two groups the understanding will cease to
continue and will only breed misconseption, the greatest source of hate and
2) The issue of Sex is not an issue of the BSA. I think the Boy Scout
Handbook deals with it best by saying seek the advice of your parents or
religous leader. Reality, boys will always bring up the topic of sex, either
amongst themeslves or to an adult leader. This should be handled by the adult
leader in the way the BSA has always dealt with it, refer the scout to his
parents or religous leader. This goes for all issues of sex, hetero or homo.
3) The Scout Oath and Law does not discriminate against race, creed, color,
sex, nationality, sexual orientation, or disablities, be it mental or physical.
and does not teach the ideas of discrimination.
---John G. Daneau
Eagle Scout, 1987
Alpha Phi Omega, President
Mu Omicron Chapter, Clarkson University
Unit Commissioner, Potsdam NY
Assistant Scoutmaster, T1284 Warwick RI
PS One of the purposes of the BSA is to develop in it's youth good citizenship.
One of the fundamental principles of Democracy is to effect change by convincing
others, not by bullying them. Such is a boycott, an attempt to pressure one
group by getting others to ignore that group. Isn't what the folks in SF did
a boycott of the BSA? What lesson is that teaching our youth about democracy.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City