Re: Men in GS
Bob Morehead (rmorehead@NLS.NET)
Thu, 11 Jun 1998 13:52:04 -0400
Gail Branum wrote:
>I, too, can tell you first-hand stories about shabby
>treatment that not only I have received from members of the BSA, but
>my Girl Scout daughter who has worked in their Cub Scout day camps,
>and many close friends that have sons in BSA.
I'm sorry our discussion is giving offense. Despite my bluntness, my intent
is only to provoke discussion and thought on any given subject. I enjoy a
lively debate on a topic of interest.
I, for one, am content to let the thread die as you suggest, but not before
making some points you raised today clear.
All the incidents of discrimination you described, both real and
hypothetical, were the acts of INDIVIDUALS operating counter to established
policy. The acts of discrimination I and other posters in this thread
experienced, while it seems not National GSUSA policy, were
INSTITUTIONALIZED POLICIES of troops, camps and councils. Therein lies the
offense. I deeply regret your, your daughter's and your friends'
unfortunate experiences with the BSA, but I think it's been made clear in
many threads that those actions run counter to official policy AT EVERY
LEVEL. National GSUSA SEEMS content to allow troops, councils and camps to
interpret policy on males in a discriminatory fashion if they so choose.
While I stop short of laying the blame at the feet of all 3.5 million
members, as you suggest, the actions of these INSTITUTIONS within the
organization do reflect poorly on the body as a whole.
I hope this clarifies my stand, and I believe the stand of the others who've
joined the thread (I could be wrong ;)), and I trust there are no hard
ASM, Troop 381
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