Re: "Defunding" of BSA by West Coast Corporations
Frank Boimare (SC0HASS@VM.TCS.TULANE.EDU)
Sun, 14 Jun 1992 07:25:28 CDT
Mike, David, and others --
I agree that most gay Scouters would not be a problem. I agree that a Boy
Scout should know how to handle the situation if any adult made a sexual
overture to him. I agree that it is hard to generalize.
I keep falling back to 1) what happens if a leader IS a problem and the
boy involved is NOT old enough to understand? and 2) why would we condone
overt homosexual behavior in a Scouting context when we don't condone
overt heterosexual behavior?
I don't feel that I should have to discuss homosexuality with a six or
seven year old so that Mr. Joe's "right" to be gay is not violated. This
forces sexuality into what should be a non-sexual organization.
When Mr. Joe brings his male partner to a meeting he creates a sexual
context that has no place in the meeting. There is no way to ignore or
downplay this. If I start heavy petting with my wife at a meeting, I am
doing the same thing; it would not bne tolerated either.
I guess I just don't feel that Scouting is the proper place to fight
these battles. To me it destroys the program for the BOYS because some
ADULT wants to make a point. To me, this is what's wrong with the gay
issue in the Scouting context.
...off to Boy Scout camp!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City