Re: SO WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Ernest R. Spradling, P.E. (freemason@AOL.COM)
Sun, 17 Oct 1993 13:29:53 EDT
The article got some coverage in most of the treasure Coast papers, and a
local radio station made light of the allegations, for about 30 seconds.
Seems like a no-win situation: one side says that BSA keeps would-be good
leaders out because of sexual orientation, while the other extreme says that
BSA is not doing enough to keep the molesters out. I am not trying to equate
gays with predators, it is just my perspective of the two extremes.
The litigant seems to think that BSA should keep a nationwide database of
suspected molesters, and share it with the authorities, so that the perps can
be tracked across country. That may be good, but it would be a little
The YPP is a relatively new program, which (my impression) tries to provide a
few basic caveats to leaders and Chartered Organizations, without expecting
all to be psychologists. It is not yet perfect, in either the theory or
practice. I think the courts may end up forcing a program to grow up
prematurely, becoming a monster of similar scope as the governments' child
protective services have become, where witch hunts and violations of due
process are the norm.
Better for them to let it grow naturally, as more people become aware of the
problems, and offer positive solutions.
Just my $0.02 worth.
Randy Spradling, P.E.
Assistant District Commissioner Treasure Coast District, Gulfstream Council
(FL) Aal-Pa-Tah #237
Eagle Scout (1971)
Vigil Honor (1974)(Thal-Coo-Zyo #457) (Sukeu Woapalanne-Black Eagle)
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