Homosexuals in scouting (again?)
Troye Kauffman (AEZTROY@UICVMC.BITNET)
Tue, 24 Aug 1993 09:26:20 CDT
From: Troye Kauffman Bitnet: AEZTROY@UICVMC
(217) 244-6322 Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org
I apologize for opening this thread again, however a point occurred to me
that I don't think I've heard before.
One of the BSA's rationale for excluding homosexuals has been that they are
not "morally straight." Why then do they not exclude people who are not
This occurred to me last week when I was at some training, and I watched the
staff drive a participant between training sites because she was too
enormous to walk. This really didn't bother me; it just struck me as a
rather extreme example of someone not being physically fit, to the point
where it severely decreased the quality of that person's life. There were
several other people there who were overweight enough that it their condition
was a threat to their health.
>>>>>>PLEASE READ THIS POINT!!!>>>>>>> I am NOT arguing for the admittance
for homosexuals or the expulsion of overweight people!!! I am merely
pointing out that excluding homosexuals on the basis of them not being
morally straight is hypocritical and illogical. It is hypocritical
because they admit people who do not do their best to be physically strong,
and it is illogical because homosexuality (according to the medical
community) is not a moral choice, but a personal trait.
There may be a logical reason for excluding gays from scouting, but being
morally straight is not one of them. Also for the record, I have some very
dear overweight friends in scouting, and would hate to see them excluded.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City