Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: The NJ Case
The NJ Case
Thu, 5 Aug 1999 17:08:10 -0500
On the matter of James Dale vs. the BSA at large, I'd like to offer a humble
opinion. What we all have to remember here is that it is very easy to make
judgements like this if the experience hasn't touched you personally. Yes,
we can all stand on our soapboxes and preach our opinions and beliefs to
every subscriber that is willing to listen. A beautiful thing, that First
I have no more right, as a person, to force my values or beliefs on any of
you, than you have to try and force your values on me. This is what makes us
who we are. The reason, IMHO, that so much talk has started on this thread
as of late, is because this issue, like Atheism (another case I think the
BSA has had to contend with in recent history), reaches into the very heart
of our belief system. No one on this list is likely to resolve this issue in
an open discussion any more than all of us can reach a conclusion on Roe vs.
But, let me offer you food for thought. Let us say, for the sake of
discussion, that YOUR pack or troop had to deal with this problem. How would
you resolve it? What would YOUR parents do if confronted with this
information? Would they stay on? Would they leave? And lastly, to ask the
question all of you know already. Who would pay for this decision?
The answers to all those questions are something that you would have to
solve on your own terms. On your own time. If in doubt, contact your DE or
your Council Office and find out what the stance is on this policy.
CM - Pack 27, MC - Troop 483, CS Roundtable Staff,
Wagon Wheel District,
"Goin' for Wood Badge soon"