Re: 2G's Medium long.
Robert M. Lewis (EagleNo50@AOL.COM)
Sat, 2 Sep 1995 18:43:37 -0400
On Wed, 30 Aug 1995 Greg Gough wrote:
>>Everyone speaks of tollerance toward homosexuals (not gay) why? This is
a country founded on majority not minority rule. Why have small
outspoken fringe groups been allowed a chance to legitimize their
lifestyle? Is it because they have learned how to manipulte the system
to their advantage while the majority lay idle, refuse to vote and refuse
to be involved? Just because a group is loud and outspoken does not make
them right. Homosexuals have no place in the Boy Scouts of America.
Their lifestyle is directly opposed to mainstream values. If they so
desire an organization like BSA, let them form their own. Untill they
do, I suggest that we over emphasize responsible citizenship to all our
Scouts and let them know that it is their duty to be involved and vote. <<
This isn't the case. What he is saying is that a few homosexuals in this
nation are vocal and the rest don't vote and henceforth they don't deserve to
belong in the BSA, GSUSA or anyother organization that promotes "sound
morals". The issue of the vocalness of any group or wheather they vote has
nothing to do with these people joining the scouting movement. The scouting
program was intended to prepare the youth to face the world. In the world
there are homosexuals. The issue of voting has nothing to do with it for one
simple reason, have any of you seen a person under 18 vote? This is a youth
movement that we are talking about.
The same day Earl Needham wrote:
>>I *almost* hate to put it this way, but if "A Scout is Reverent", then
BSA CANNOT drop sexual orientation as a possible barrier to membership. The
answer is simple: my "holy book" (the BIBLE), calls homosexuality an
That settles it for me. Any organization admitting or otherwise
encouraging homosexuality is certainly NOT "Reverent" as far as I can see.
Boy, I bet THAT gets the fires lit! <<
There is nothing that says that the scouts must follow the bible. All that
the requirements say is that the scouts must believe in a higher being. It
is still possible for homosexuals to be members of churches, thus being
In summary, All that I have seen in these two posts that I'm responding to is
homophobia, that clearly has no place in scouting or today's society.
Robert M. Lewis
ASM T. 88 Waldwick, NJ
Brotherhood member of lodge #484, Oratam
PS: I am not homosexual, but I respect all of their rights as human beings.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City