Re: Sexual orientation issue ...
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Tue, 3 Mar 1992 16:03:18 EST
But it is not the fault of BSA that society has a general
uneducated prejudice of homosexuality. However, BSA has
to run a program that society, and the majority of parents
are willing to send their children and their money to.
Sure, baseless prejudice is wrong, but if you had a troop
with an openly homosexual leadership, how many boys would
be in that troop? Only those boys from very educated and
somewhat liberal families, most likely. In many parts of
the country that would be ZERO!
When society accepts the fact that any prejudice is wrong,
scouting in the US may accept homesexuals, atheists, and maybe
even GIRLS. But BSA has done pretty well with the SCOUT LAWS
and the SCOUT OATH as the basic guidelines so far. Sure I
wish BSA did not have to spend money on court battles to
continue to preclude GAYS, GIRLS and atheists. I think
that the money could be better spent on more programs for
leadership developement, and camp improvments. I think that
all of society learns to live together with peace and justice
for all. Now is just not the time for BSA to make such a change.
Don I, scouting since '57
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City