Re: Infamous Eagles
Michael Holmes (MHolmes@MAIL.CORETECH.COM)
Wed, 18 Oct 1995 08:51:15 +0000
I have been following the thread on infamous Eagles and would like to
impose upon you to read about my apotheosis in this regard. Warning! Be
prepared for a soap-box lecture!
I used to get upset whenever I read about a man accused/convicted of a
heinous crime who was identified as a former Scout or Eagle Scout. Why
would the media do this? Were they out to damage the BSA's reputation?
Was it an all too typical attempt by the cynical press to tear down
whatever was good in our country? Why didn't the story mention the boy's
parents, or church, or schools -- all of which presumably had an influence
on his character and all of which presumably failed to do a good job
considering what this person had done?
Anyway, you get the drift of my indignant thoughts. After a number of
years and having read and heard many such stories, it finally dawned on me
what was occuring. The media always concentrates on the unusual, the
bizzare or the shocking. That is what was going on. The fact that the
criminal was a Scout or an Eagle was important to the writer precisely
because it was so unusual. Scouts who remain Scouts for any length of time
simply do not engage in that type of activity, and when one does, it is BIG
So take heart, everyone. When you see stories about terrible crimes
committed by those who are gloatingly referred to as Eagle Scouts, remember
that we actually are being congratulated for our work with the youth of
America. They may have "come to bury" us, but they really are praising us.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City