Re: declining membership
Stephen David Way (Steveway@WAYS.DEMON.CO.UK)
Mon, 20 Mar 1995 11:42:13 GMT
In your message dated Thursday 16, March 1995 you wrote :
> I agree with Andy that changing the BSA policy of prohibiting
> homosexual participation as scouts or as leaders would certainly
> result in a decline in BSA membership.
Oh, good grief. Look, if you have a policy that says 'mincing queens and
leathermen welcome', then of course numbers will drop. However, what would you
do if a Scout come to you, as a leader, and told you he thought he may be gay?
Kick him out on the spot?
I cannot understand this constant harping on about banning gays. Why? 95% of
abusers are heterosexuals. CPA does not come into it - no-one in his right
mind is going to announce he is gay (or pedophilic) if he /she wants to get
near children to abuse them. If someone is gay, and their lifestyle fits
'morally straight' - what's the problem? If you create a ban, you immediately
force people to think there is a reason for it, and that Scouting is a hot-bed
of homosexuality which is trying to clean up its' act.
So much for tolerance and respect, eh, guys? Let's ban everyone we think is
different - until forced otherwise by law.
Incidentally, in the week just past, the Roman Catholic primate of England has
announced that the Catholic Church has no objection to celibate homosexuals,
and two bishops, one in the Anglican Church of England and one in the
Church of Scotland have revealed that they are celibate homosexuals.
It's a question of moral conduct and example, not sexual orientation.
* Stephen D. Way Enfield, London, UK *
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