Re: YPP: Advice Requested (relates to Background Check)
James Hermann (jhermann@INTERACCESS.COM)
Sat, 29 Oct 1994 10:00:10 -0500
>I don't want to appear to flame you, for this is not that. I do not agree
>with your premise that this person could not help his homosexuality. He
>had just like all of us out here in society...took a choice in his
>behavior. It has become a cop-out of late "I can't help it" Baloney!
>I knew someone would get to the premise that homosexuality was
>genetic sooner or later... There is NO empirical or theoretical evidence
>that exits in any context medically to substantiate such an assumption.
Although I doubt that homosexuality can be explained by genetics, I
would suggest that it can't be claimed to be a "choice" either.
Whether the cause is heredity or environment, these people don't
seem to be able to have healthy happy heterosexual relationships.
>particular crimes based upon those measurements. Further, homosexuality
>has and continues to be a social deviant behavior in any and all cultures
>across the world that I am familiar with. As Boy Scout Leaders we are one
>brick in a wall to protect our sons, raising them in the true spirit of
>Baden-Powell's. To instill such values in them as to preclude deviant
>behavior, for the goal of their becoming men of faith, men of patriotism,
>and men of self sufficencey and self worth.
I don't agree that homosexuality is "deviant behavior" that must
be "precluded". At least three religions and their cultures
agree with me: Unitarian-Universalists; United Church of Christ;
and Friends (Quakers). To the extent that these cultures exist
in th US, they don't accept that homosexuality is to be
"precluded" in our combined cultures. All three religions
have BSA Boy Scout troops and religious awards that are recognized
by the BSA.
To the extent that homosexuality is different from the norm, it
might meet the literal definition of "deviant behavior", although
the connotation is negative. Literally, all exceptional
behaviors are "deviant", including excellence in intelligence
and even Scouting, since it is not the "norm".
Let them be. Don't preclude them.
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