scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Scouts at Democratic Convention
Bob Riley (bob@PCSBYBOB.COM
Fri Aug 18 2000 - 23:16:54 CDT
Hello fellow Scouters,
Bill Nelson said :
<<A group of Eagle Scouts performed a flag ceremony at the democratic
convention. Unfortunately, the California deligation didn't behave
----> Maybe those scouts shouldn't have been there in the first place.
thought scouts were forbidden from wearing their uniforms at political
activities. Their home council and unit should have known better.
<<Support for homosexual rights has become such a key part of the
---> Dogma? I thought everybody's "rights" were already secured under
Constitution. Dogma is a religious word. This has nothing to do with
<<The Los Angeles Council of Boy Scouts reportedly was shocked by the
---> Policies like BSA's to discriminate against any group of people
continue to attract boos and pickets. Do they really think this will
just "go away"?
<<The Washington Times says the boys themselves didn't hear the boos
because of all the noise in the convention hall - but an adult leader
While the court said BSA is within its legal rights to "set it's
membership policies" that does not mean BSA "has" to discriminate
homosexuals. It's too bad that these adult arguements are now going to
trickle down to the boys. The sad fact is, it is inevitable.
This is one of the biggest reasons why I think BSA is being short
sighted to continue down this road. The rest of the country (and
beginning to look at BSA as a bigoted (sp?) organization. The number
pickets and protests is only going to get worse. Eagle Scouts are now
kicked out of Scouting all over the place. My own Twin Rivers Council
Albany, New York just kicked out a highly decorated Eagle Scout. Read
the article in our local newspaper at :
Many other "heterosexual" Eagle Scouts are turning in their Eagle
in disgust and protest over this. Ten years ago could any of you ever
thought up a reason why even one Eagle Scout would turn in his Eagle
badge? It was inconceivable!
There is such a thing as "cutting your losses". BSA won their battle.
they keep this up they will lose the war. I ask you, "Is it worth it?"
Is this the best way to "deliver the promise" to our boys?
Yours in Scouting,
Cubmaster, Pack 639
Fort Orange District
Twin Rivers Council