(no name) ((no email))
Sun, 1 Mar 1992 14:08:00 MST
Kirke and others,
The homosexual issue is a hot issue and evokes a lot of heated
emotional responses. It saddens me that parents would take a Cub
Scout out of the program because of an issue which is mute at that
level. Since MOST youths do not reach puberty until Boy Scout age,
sexual preference of male youths cannot enter into the decision of
preventing a youth to participate at the Cub Scout age. At the
Cub Scout level, the sexual preference of the youth is irrelevant.
The youth, for the most part, will not explore their sexuality
until they are in their teen years.
P.S. I do not know of any Cub Leaders who tell their 7-10 year olds that
they have to be hetersexuals. In fact, the words hetersexual and
homosexual would probably not even enter a youth's vocabulary until latter
if we adults could stop fighting over this absurd issue. It is sad, but
I really beleive that most of the youths who miss out on the scouting
experience because of the homosexual issues, miss out not because they are
homosexuals, but because their parents have some righteous point to prove and
because they fear the Scouts will force their boy to become hetersexual,
instead of himself (whatever that turns out to be). The BSA policy also
reflects this fear from the other side that exposure to homosexual adults
will turn the youths into homosexuals. Kirke, in my opinion, the parents
who wrote that letter to you are making their boy suffer for their absurd
beleif in an issue which is really irrelevent to the youth. If we could
really get into that kids head, I am willing to bet that he does not really
understand why he can not join Cub Scouts with his friends.
This is a classic example of making the youths suffer because of the
infighting and politics we stupid adults get ourselves into.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City