scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: why we don't discuss 3 Gs
Jason Cruse (jcruse@SOCKET.NET
Mon May 15 2000 - 07:56:08 CDT
>I find it amusing, based on all the mainstream press these topics are
>given in relation to BSA, that these topics are taboo. How can we as
>leaders respond to the questions posed by the parents of Scouts if we
>are not allowed to openly discuss or at least disseminate info to each
>other on these matters. The more we avoid them, the more the truth gets
>hidden (and the more people will assume we are hiding something).
Ah, well, that is another matter, I think. Without getting to the
philosophical nature of the discussion, these three topics tend to have as
much "truth" and calm discussion on this list as the proverbial discussions
about religion and/or politics with the in-laws.
And, while I certainly agree that sharing of opinions is good and necessary,
if the list-ownership deems that certain things are not appropriate for this
list, then we all, as scouts, ought to abide by those wishes...or try to
start a different list.
I, for one, am not discouraged by the forbidding of discussion of the three
G's on the list. Every time one of these discussions comes up, there is
more venom and unscoutlike responses on this list than I think could be
found virtually anywhere. If discussions of the topics could be done in an
peaceful, quiet, adult fashion, then perhaps they would be allowed to stay.
But all it takes is one person to claim to be offended and begin yelling,
inevitably followed by personal attacks, for the sane discussion to end.
And THAT, I think, is why we don't discuss those things here.