Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: B-P and homosexuality - emails and responses
B-P and homosexuality - emails and responses
Valerie and Charles Deneen
Fri, 20 Aug 1999 07:33:04 -0400
I have received many emails from both Scouts-L and WAGGGS-L replying to my
remarks on the subject.
One such reply went off on the tangent of "there is no need to defend the
movement; the movement speaks for itself", etc., etc.
My thoughts and my email to the group(s) were merely to give information on
the topic at hand; not a comment on the "movement". Slanders on B-P,
without any factual information, coupled without thought as to WHEN he
lived, and the prescribed and accepted social mores of the times; will lead
many down the wrong path.
Too many times, we as people, jump to conclusions or beliefs based on
inaccurate, nonsubstantial, or inconclusive information.
Perhaps with the "sound-bite" mentality of the press, we as people have
decided that we too must adopt this way of thinking about events,
individuals and, I guess history itself.
One of my instructors from college (W&M) told me in the so distant past that
knowledge is the imparting of information to and through two or more
individuals. But the information can only become knowledge when it is given
in the proper "context" describing the events and the history that led to
In context is the importance of my response as well as any and all topics
discussed in this group and any others.
Perhaps the most telling analogy of this would be the oft'd told of our own
fight for independence: groups of PATRIOTS gathering together, for a common
cause, to fight the tyranny of the Crown of King George III.
>From our side of the pond that is the factual and makes us as American
>From Great Britain's side, these patriots were TRAITORS, plotting against
their true King and government and planning sedition.
Which is the correct path to remember 1776 and those events?
In my opinion, both are and can be analyzed were completely if one does so,
WITH AN OPEN MIND and without pre-conclusions already manifested within.
Any way, enough said, but..... think about this and when discussing issues,
individuals, events, etc.
Yours in Scouting,