Re: Tom Payzants
Mon, 12 Jul 1993 16:44:34 CDT
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> Much as I regret the appointment of some one who is anti-Scouting. The
> response of people like Mr Payzants is a DIRECT result of the BSA giving
> in to people on the other side of the gay/lesbian question who are
> every bit as intolerant and ignorant. I suspect if I had been
> villified and physically abused in the way many openly gay people are
> I would be extreme in my views and would be unable to distiguish
> between the BSA and the so called "Christian Right" (I think of myself
> as a christian but would shudder to use the phrase given the bigots
> and extremist who have recently taken the name upon thenselves). Until
> we learn that all gay men are NOT trying to lure our sons into bed,
> just as all straight men are not trying to lure little girls into bed, and
> act with tollerance and respect towards the vast majority of gays (some
> of whom even vote Republican) the sooner we will not have to worry
> about anti BSA appointments.
> Keith Garbutt
> PS my scout master was Gay and he was a GREAT role model and wonderful
> human being - if we keep excluding men like him we are all loosers.
I have no doubt that you will receive "tons" of mail condemning you
as a liberal that has no right to be involved in scouting, but, I
tend to agree with your statements. I have never been involved in a
Scout organization that was headed by a known gay, but I have known
several gays who are more decent human beings than many straights I
have known. I think that our biggest concern should be pedophiles
and child molestors. Being gay does not mean a person is actively
pusuing ours sons and daughters. I think the issue has been carried
too far and is being blown completely out of proportion as the days
go by. I'm glad that I am not alone in my thoughs and feelings. I
also know that there is at least one professional that feels somewhat
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