Re: Here we go again...
Rodger Morris (rodger@FISHNET.NET)
Fri, 25 Aug 1995 11:28:44 GMT
Ted Sarah said:
>Well the BSA is getting sued again, by a girl that was denied membership to a
>Troop, at least that's what was on the new this AM. I guess there are no GSA
>troops in her area and she wants to join some sort of organization. And,
>again only in CA.
I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I support the BSA's
constitutional right to set its own membership policies. On the other
hand, I believe it is wrong for the BSA to continue to serve only girls
of high school age in the Explorer Division alone.
As a matter of historical perspective, it was in large part numerous
lawsuits by women that drained the BSA financially and caused it to
open all volunteer positions to women, with beneficial results to the
BSA as a whole.
Indeed, the "3 G's" debate is misnamed. It should be called the "Two G's
and Girls" debate. The other two G's are values-based issues, but the
issue of the membership of girls in the BSA is not. I know of nobody
who seriously insists that it is fundamentally immoral for girls to belong
to the BSA.
Finally, as a minor observation, Ted, you are correct in stating that there
are no GSA troops available for this girl. The Girl Scouts of the United
States of America (GSUSA) is available in her area, though.
I have two nieces. I would like to see them have the same opportunities
to participate in all the wonderful things Scouting has to offer that
my nephew does.
Yours in Scouting,
Rodger Morris <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 852, Camarillo, CA
Ventura County Council, Boy Scouts of America
National Woodbadge 416-18, Philmont, 1973
"I used to be a Beaver..."
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