Re: Gay Scouting
keen jason matthew (jkeen@HUBCAP.CLEMSON.EDU)
Wed, 7 Dec 1994 11:07:06 -0500
On Tue, 6 Dec 1994, James Hermann wrote:
> I suspect that must scouters are old enough that they still
> carry a lot of emotional "baggage" with regards to gay people.
> To many people, especially men, gay people are very scary.
> It is very easy to be afraid of someone or something that
> represents a part of each of us that we may well repress.
> I know that I still find that I am nervous and somewhat afraid
> around my gay friends somedays.
> Unfortunately, I think that that fact makes many people even
> more afraid.
Fear is not always the reason for silence. Emotional baggage does
not create fear. I'm not afraid of gay people. I believe that what they
do is wrong. Please, everyone, try to stay calm. For many of us who
believe like that it is very hard to write anything on the subject
without it being a flame. It's anger that such a thing which we consider
morally wrong could be accepted. I think on the whole their are more
scouters who agree with the policy than disagree. Also, as i said before,
let's drop the subject. It will just erupt into a flame war.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City