Re: To get a discussion started. . . or turned around.
Bob Taschler (bob_taschler@PUBLICITAS-USA.COM)
Thu, 29 May 1997 15:13:24 +0000
> I do not want to see young women included to the BSA program and my
> reason is this.. I call it the "Big Brother" factor...
Yup! And it's the same reason we shouldn't mix blacks with whites in
the BSA! Think how uncomfortable things will be for all us white folk.
And while we're at it, let's kick the Jews out of the BSA too. They
mess things up with their special Saturday services, special diets and
make us fine Christian folk feel and act all funny.
This was probably all a plot of the A.C.L.U. by insisting that we
actually have a constitutional right to freedom of assembly and equal
justice under the law. Yadda, yadda, yadda ...
Off my sarcastic soapbox for a moment and on to a more earnest one:
I am always a bit heart broken to hear such arguments and lines of
reason from so many goodhearted and well intentioned people as my
fellow BSA leaders. These are the same arguments that have been used
by some of the most evil people in this century for discriminating
against targeted groups within their societies. The American
eugenisists in the early part of this century were applauded by the
medical staff of the Third Reich for such reasoning.
I don't care if BSA is single sex or coed institution. I'll deal with
it any way it is set up and I'll leave it for the wizened members at
National to decide. I just want to deliver a youth development program
that helps youth grow up to be somebody. But if some troops were to go
coed and some were to stay single sex, that would be fine by me even
though I'd probably stay with an all male troop. It's called freedom.
Something too many of us take for granted. Change may make some people
feel uncomfortable, but this is a small price to pay for freedom.
We as a BSA leaders just have to stop being so egocentric,
ethnocentric and generational centric and look around at the rest of
the world to see that there isn't just one RIGHT way of doing things.
And we must realize that times change. As nostalgic as we can get for
the "good old days", they really weren't that good for everyone. Not
for minorities, not for women, not for laborers, not for the men and
women who had to endure the Great Depression or for those who slogged
halfway around the world to fight fascism.
On the whole we live longer, healthier and freer lives than ever
before. We are reaping the benefits bestowed upon us by the prior
generation's sacrifice which saved the blessings of our country for
posterity. For us. We in turn struggle, albeit a minimal struggle by
comparison, with the saving of it for our children.
If I have offended you I am most heartily sorry. But if I have gotten
even a few to reflect upon the depth of the words and logic that they
have used in this discussion, then it makes the flames I have received
But then again, I may be totally wrong. I bid you peace.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City