Re: Changes in Exploring -Reply
David Minasian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thu Feb 19 06:34:07 1998
Your comments are well taken.
There are of course all kinds of situations that give rise to devient
behavior, both hetero- and homosexual. Thankfully the overwhelming
majority of leaders and youth are naturally, if not instinctively,
endowed with the moral restraints in co-ed situations. This may well be
the case also in the gay community.
I admit to you that my scenerio was both hypthetical and speculative
but it raises a question of risk which I believe the BSA should not be
willing to assume. Simply stated, there are circumstances in which it is
entirely proper, and society demands, separation of the sexes. Alternate
life styles disrupts this propriety.
Furthermore, there is a conflict between our implied or stated purpose
as role models on the one hand and the acceptance of gay leaders on the
other. Prohibiting gays may be considered by some to be unjust, even
illegal. But the fact of the matter is that the overwhelming majority of
parents expect their leaders to be reflective of the longstanding
traditional values, even as stated in the Scout Oath, namely "...to keep
myself morally straight." I do not believe this is too much to ask of
our youth and adults.
David T. Minasian