Re: PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT
Michael MASINTER (masinter@ALPHA.ACAST.NOVA.EDU)
Mon, 12 Jul 1993 19:19:14 -0400
Until recently, I labored under the apparent misconception that scouting
was a youth service organization in which people of all creeds and
political persuasions were welcome. It now appears from the E-mail traffic
to resemble nothing so much as a branch of the religious right. In all my
years of scouting, I never encountered such self-righteous intolerance as
I have seen over the past 48 hours. I think the national position on
homosexuality is wrong, but I support scouting despite my disagreement
because of the good it does. I will work to change what I believe to be a
misconceived policy from within because I support the basic mission
of scouting -- to hels boys grow into self reliant and tolerant
honorable men. But I will not stand for scouting becoming a noisy tool of
the religous right. Lets keep politics out of scouting.
On Mon, 12 Jul 1993 torres@ESMLSUN.GATECH.EDU wrote:
> >From: NATIONAL REVIEW / July 19, 1993 / p. 18
> >PROTECTING YOUNG PEOPLE
> > President Clinton has nominated one Thomas Payzant to be an assistant
> >secretary in the Department of Education. , Who is he? Thomas Payzant
> >is the former superintendent of San Diego's public school system, in
> >which capacity he pursued the gay-rights agenda "a outrance".
> > First he changed the schools' discrimination code to include "sexual
> >orientation" as a protected category. Then he used the amended code to
> >wage war on that great gay bugaboo, the Boy Scouts of America. He
> >eliminated the Scouts' Learning for Life Program, which offered arts and
> >crafts activities in the elementary schools and career guidance in high
> >schools, many of them inner-city schools. The Scouts are still able to
> >use facilities after hours, but only because the law specifically
> >permits this.
> > Mr. Payzant launched the anti-Scout campaign in response to the
> >recommendations of the city's Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Task Force. He
> >ignored the intense opposition of parents (whose letters ran 3 to 1
> >against his effort) and the request of PTAs.
> > For him the opposition didn't matter. This was a moral crusade. "We
> >can't tolerate that kind of organization working with young people," he
> >said, giving the word "tolerate" an interesting contemporary twist. The
> >Scouts' programs, of course, had nothing to do with homosexuality, one
> >way or the other; Mr. Payzant was engaged not in protecting young people
> >but in executing the gay-lesbian vendetta.
> > Mr. Payzant's nomination calls for an explanation from the President.
> >But will the Republicans, too timid to fight the nomination of a
> >militant lesbian to HUD, have the gumption to demand it?
> It's a shame that President Clinton is the Honorary President of the Boy
> Scouts of America.
> This is no fault to him since he didn't ask for the honor.
> I feel sorry for scouts who receive there Eagle in the next four years
> they will have the President's signature on their award.
> I agree with Kathie and Nathan
> Kevin M. Torres
> Research Engineer
> Georgia Tech Research Institute
> Centennial Research Building Room 493
> Atlanta, Georgia 30332
> (404) 853-9269
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