Re: Boy Scout GOD ruling
Frank Boimare (SC0HASS@VM.TCS.TULANE.EDU)
Mon, 11 May 1992 10:27:38 CDT
Are you really that naive or are you playing devil's advocate again (no
flame -- or pun -- intended)?
These people do not *care* about Scouting or equal rights or anything but
themselves. They want to remake a working program into their own image of
what the program should be to validate their own personal points of view.
They don't care about anybody else's kids or Scouting at all and they abuse
their own children by shoving them into the center of a controversy they
don't usually understand.
No one in Scouts is trying to force these people to change their beliefs.
BSA simply tells them that the organization is founded on certain principles,
right or wrong, and that all members are expected to subscribe to those
principles. What they do on their own outside of Scouting is basically their
own business -- as long as they don't try to force *their* beliefs on the
Scouts and Scouters. They are promoting a very negative "me first and screw
you and your kids" attitude which is contrary to the whole basis of the BSA.
Incidentally, United Way support for the BSA has been rapidly decreasing even
without the problems in California. As I recall, a large part of the money
the Bay Area UW gave to the Councils was donated specifically for support of
the BSA and was *not* affected by the court decisions. Ultimately the UW
will cease to provide any major funding to the BSA -- other than specifically
pledged money -- whether or not BSA changes its policies. I personally think
more people will withdraw their non-specific UW pledges to give them directly
to the charities, etc., of their choices rather than allow the UW to continue
to mismanage the monies involved. Summary: the UW is a lot closer to shutting
down than the BSA.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City