Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: This Just In / A Reminder
This Just In / A Reminder
Thu, 5 Aug 1999 17:02:52 -0400
David Delman wrote,
"Most of us, just like BSA, do not want, or think it wise for our children,
to have this person to be an approved model even if they have
piles of great qualities."
I've stayed out of this battle because I have seen, first hand,
how hot the 3Gs can get on this list. And I now support not discussing
them on this list. There are very strong, emotional stances on both sides.
And probably in the middle too. There are plenty of positions on
this one to go around.
Having said that, I am aware of NO survey that shows that the majority
of this list (or of registered Scouters across the country and world)
agree with David's statement. The "vocal" majority may agree
with David but, I believe there are plenty of us who believe
in mankind's ability to reflect, learn, change, grow and accept his
fellow man/woman/child under the belief that . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . "All men are created equal".
IMHO, the NJ decision, even if it is overturned, is just
the first tree to fall in a very big forest. It will be interesting to
watch to see how long it will it take BSA to "get the message".
As Dr. King dreamt of and preached to us :
. . . . .A man should be judged by the content of his character.
He should not be judged by the color of his skin just as he should
not be judged by his height, his weight, the color of his
spouses skin, his intelligence or whom he falls in love with.
"Character", over that we DO have control.
Again, IMHO, Mr. James Dale is exactly the kind of young man our
youth needs as a role model. As a matter of fact, isn't he exactly the
kind of young man Scouting is trying to produce in all of our young
I'd bet ya'll dollars to donuts that his unit, district and council had
been aware that he was gay for quite awhile. Nobody said anything
when he was a Boy Scout. Nobody said anything when he earned
his Eagle badge. And nobody said anything when he turned in his
ASM application. He only became a problem (pronounced
em-bar-ass-ment) when he was publicly linked to the Rutgers
University Lesbian/Gay Alliance (which he was "co-president" of)
in a newspaper article.
If my sons grow up to be half the man that Mr. Dale is then I
will be one very happy father (as I rock back and forth on the porch
of my cabin overlooking the high peaks of the Adirondack Mountains).
It's not as important to me whom my boys grow up to love
as it is that they grow into loving men.
I just bought some new sun screen with an SPF rating guaranteed
to protect against flames. So, fire away. Yabba Dabba Doo!!!