Rod Anderson (anderson@ERIM.ORG)
Tue, 13 Jul 1993 08:03:41 EDT
Michael MASINTER <masinter@ALPHA.ACAST.NOVA.EDU> writes:
>Until recently, I labored under the apparent misconception that
>scouting was a youth service organization in which people of all
>ccreeds and political persuasions were welcome. It now appears from
> tthe E-mail traffic to resemble nothing so much as a branch of the
>religious right. In all my years of scouting, I never encountered
>much 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.
"Let's keep politics out of scouting?" That's exactly what we're
trying to do! It is not the so-called "religious right" (demonizing
phrase for the non-religious left) that has initiated the current
attacks on scouting.
I for one will withdraw myself and my son from scouting the minute
overt homosexuality in leaders is acceptable.
And before you start shouting again about tolerance, how about some
tolerance for _my_ views, which I suspect are shared by the great
majority of leaders and parents.
Rod Anderson |Environmental Research Institute of Michigan
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