No! to a 3G Referendum (opinion)
Jay Thal (jay.thal@TCS.WAP.ORG)
Mon, 20 Apr 1998 21:27:56 EST
Within the current BSA movement girls, gays, and the godless have no standing.
Yet, we are consumed by them. We cannot deny that they represent the testing
ground as we enter the 21st Century, just as slavery became central in the
Jefferson, I understand, felt that slaves could not be held accountable to the
laws of the nation or states for they had no say in the social compact. Thus
excluded, and subjugated, the ruling class did not have moral standing to judge
them for even common crimes such as theft. But, of course, the ruling class
Slaves were sold, and flayed, and killed, etc. Abolitionists were castigated
and ridiculed. Even those who would not themselves hold slaves stood aside,
for the compact had been struck - social and economic order had to be
The Earth is not the center of the universe. Had abolition been put to a vote
it would have lost. Scopes lost in court to fundamentalism, but science has
prevailed. Truths are different than facts.
Would civil or voting rights passed save for protests and the cold body of a
murdered President? Such was the level of hypocrisy and fear.
Public opinion polls suggest that many of the first ten amendments (The Bill of
Rights) would not now pass a referendum. Power (and those who feel so weak so
as to feel threatened) will concede nothing.
So, now the call is made to hold a referendum on whether the 3 Gs are fit for
discussion on Scouts-L. Discussing the 3 Gs will, most likely, lose. But a
vote will change nothing.
The inexorable dynamics of history to be written cannot and will not be
silenced. Regardless of your personal leanings, the issues will not go away.
It is all too easy to dismiss lists of citations as solely those of homosexual
apologists. They are a mirror that some hold up to show us how we look to
others. If you want to show a different image post your own citations.
It is fruitless to censor. Hiding under the covers only make the imaginary
monsters more awesome. The 3 Gs should not be all consuming to Scouts-L, but
they are most relevant to the future of Scouting.
Repression of expression will only make us look more like those narrow
societies and political systems which we so willingly criticize.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City