John Oakes (joakes@UNM.EDU)
Tue, 29 Aug 1995 09:12:59 -0600
On Tue, 29 Aug 1995, Paul H. Brown wrote:
> BSA now has women as adult leaders. I suspect it is just a matter of
> time before it invites girls to join the program, too. Shortly
> thereafter, GSUSA will fold (for lack of interest).
I sincerely doubt it for like the Guides, it serves a particular group.
> Now, to the other G. If gender isn't an issue (any more) for our adult
> leaders, then why does sexual orientation remain an issue? Are we still
> assuming that having a homosexual orientation is equivalent to being a
> pedophile? If so, is this assumption valid? If not, then perhaps its
> time we admit that some of our assumptions are merely prejudices and move
> beyond them.
I believe the issue here becomes clouded when one is presumed with
another or classed with another.
There are very excellent arguments for integration of young ladies
into the (Boy) Scouts program. This however should not and can not be
classed with your other persumption of the other G.
We all live in a society, that dictates to us by common agreement
certain things, Laws, Values, Norms, and Morays. The other G that you
choose to integrate into this argument, just flatly can't pass the
barriers that are put in place by the rest of society. To society, to
myself, and to the BSA there is no place for this type of behavior.
PLEASE do not let this become a venue for heated debate on this issue.
It becomes a waste of time relative to the debate of the G that you
Given my previous performance (writings) in the past on this
subject...You guys and gals out there... I thought I did pretty good this
time (kept the cool)
> All opinions not "borrowed" from unattributed sources are my own.
> Paul H. Brown, ASM T807, Great George Washington District, NCAC
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