Re: misunderstanding of sexual orientation
JESSICA...THAT ROSE GIRL (STURYAN@EKU.BITNET)
Wed, 4 Mar 1992 20:02:00 EDT
This is in reply to Mike Miller...
I think Frank may have a few valid points!! While gays don't force their
views on others, if they are in a position of influence with Scouting and
young children, they are in a position to serve as role models. And while
you may not agree, not all of us believe that people are "born" gay, some
of us (though few--myself included) believe that although a person may be
born with certain tendancies, they aren't automatically compelled to "live"
that way...it IS a lifestyle choice in my opinion. You may say that some
people are born with the tendancy to want to murder or to eat human flesh,
but what they choose to do with those tendencies is "their choice"...I know
the examples are far fetched, but they do show my point.
Some parents may not want their children to be given those "examples" as
role models. Even if they're not openly having sex in front of the kids,
they do promote their lifestyle (way of life, whatever you choose to call it)
it's the way they live. I'm not stupid enough to believe that gays/lesbians
are any different in person than "straight" people, but the way of life that
they promote is not one I'd want to show to kids either.
I'm not saying promote hatred, but their are some things I'd want to teach
my child that I don't consider as "appropriate" behavior...and that way of
life would be one of those things.
I don't usually say much on this list, because I'm not a "scouting" expert,
but the few people I know on here feel I can contribute something, so here
is my two cents worth on this. I know it isn't fair to keep some people out
of some things, but then again, we have to consider the other side also.
Hope this doesn't make you angry--I didn't shoot darts when I read yours.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City