scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Scouts in the news
Ed Thompson (thompson@VAX2.WINONA.MSUS.EDU
Fri Aug 25 2000 - 11:45:33 CDT
At 08:51 AM 8/25/00 -0500, Terry Slade wrote:
>Read it, delete it, ignore it, respond or not. I am just making it
available >if you want to read it. It's a story from the THE WASHINGTON
TIMES by Valerie >Richardson about some of OUR Scouts in the news.
>DEMOCRATIC DELEGATES BOO THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA....
Terry started out with an excellent point: jeering children (or any other
people, for that matter) is totally improper and unacceptable.
Unfortunately, he then got sidetracked into a rail about homosexuality, and
at least for me lost that credibility. We all know that this type of
behavior occurs in both major political parties, not to mention the minor
ones which are often founded on just one or two issues. It's almost a sure
bet that had the Supreme Court decision gone the other way and supported Mr.
Dale's position, there would have been equally offensive signs if Scouts had
taken the platform at the Republican convention, with an equal lack of
action by the party leaders. This, sadly, has become part of our nation's
Here's the real issue: those Scouts who stood up at the Democratic
convention had absolutely nothing to do with either the Supreme Court
decision or the policies of the BSA. They were outstanding young men, and
they deserved to be applauded for their accomplishments and their
committment to the values of scouting. They are to be commended for taking
part in the electoral process regardless of which "side" they support -
that's a core value of good citizenship. Although I did not watch the
political conventions, it is my understanding that they stood tall and
upheld their pride and honor, just as I would expect of a Scout.
Regardless of ANYONE's opinion in the Dale case, we need to continue to
support each and every member of Scouting. The value of scouting does not
rest with broad BSA or GSUSA policies: it rests with individual young men
and young women. I am saddened that the delegates to the Democratic
convention could not see that above their political agendas. Can we?
Troop 6 and Pack 6
Ed's witty saying for this week:
If it's called "tourist season", why can't we shoot them?