Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Labels and Misinformation (was: NJ Court Case)
Labels and Misinformation (was: NJ Court Case)
Sat, 7 Aug 1999 15:14:47 -0400
On 8/6/1999, Darrell Clakley wrote in part:
>I have been branded a bigot, and probably by those who branded me as such, I
>am. If a person has any religious beliefs, then they too would be labeled as
>bigots, because most religions will teach non-acceptance of what they believe
>to be immorality.
This is a favorite ruse of those of the "If you don't accept my views,
you are a [homophobe, racist, sexist, whateverist]" camp. Putting a
negative label like "homophobe" on opponents makes it real easy to
dismiss anything they might have to say. Here on SCOUTS-L, that
"homophobic" tripe should be kept as far away from any discussion
as possible, because it just doesn't apply. The same goes for trying
to spread lots of red herrings by suggesting that people are "afraid"
of homosexuals as child molestors and pointing out that most molestors
are heterosexuals. That isn't an issue in this discussion because
it is just another piece of misinformation to put in a negative light
those who don't believe the BSA should be forced to accept things they
don't want it to accept (gays, girls, atheists, or whomever).
I am sure that if you were to ask people who are not happy about this
turn of events, their opposition is not based on fear, "homophobia,"
concern about potential sexual abuse, or anything else of the like.
Most folks are probably not happy that a lifestyle they don't
necessarily condone is being given high profile in a program that
has moral values that pretty much mirror their own.
The BSA isn't the only institution that is being attacked in this manner.
Many national church denominations are being challenged to accept
homosexuals into positions of leadership, which is generating another
moral quandry for folks.
This won't be solved easily and when it is over and done with, there
will probably be a lot of divided camps full of angry people. The process
won't be helped by flinging negative terms at those on either side of
Bruce in Blacksburg
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 56, Blacksburg, Virginia
New River District -- Blue Ridge Mountains Council
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