Jack Durish (email@example.com)
Wed May 13 09:47:25 1998
I agree that the sponsor should have the right of deciding issues of
membership. Indeed, within the chartering agreement they accept
responsibility for checking the credentials of adult leaders to make
certain that they are morally fit. However, Scouting Central has taken
it upon itself to step in an override the decision of the Chartering
organization when they find an adult leader who does not meet "their
moral standards." Therein lies the rub.
We need to make certain that the children in our care are safe. They
should not be exposed to anyone's sexual philosophy - hetero- or homo-.
They should not be subjected to anyone else's religious philosophy.
These are family values... to be taught in the family.
I am simply asking for that right. To protect the children.
Discriminating against gays and people with religious views other than
my own (or your own) does not serve that purpose.
I am pushing this issue because we, as Sea Scouters, are the first to
feel the consequences of the BSA's discriminatory practices. Pack and
Troop leaders can dodge the issue by stowing a few tents in their attic
and meeting in church halls and other private facilities. We have far
greater expenses and require greater community support.
Yes, I would love to return to those wonderful, anarchic days of yore
and spurn all governmental support. Within the shores of my native
Chesapeake Bay I could find a quiet cove with a cheap marina to shelter
our vessel. But, have you looked at an atlas of the California coast
lately? There are only two natural harbors; San Diego and San Francisco.
Dana Point Harbor, Oceanside Harbor, and so many more - even the world
famous harbors of Long Beach and Los Angeles were created by laying
breakwaters across bights in the coast line. This was accomplished using
public funds and the public determines who enjoys these facilities. And,
the public has determined that the Boy Scouts will not enjoy any special
advantage so long as they engage in discriminatory practices.
This issue is being laid in our laps first, and we Sea Scouters need to
take the lead or we will follow the Boy Scouts to oblivion.
Buccaneers - SSS 935
Orange County, California
Gibeon W. Bradbury wrote:
> all these discussions are interesting.but what happens to the role of the
> chartered organization . inst it the right of the sponsor to choose what it
> wants for a youth delivery program. has anybody asked their chartered
> organization what they think and what direction they want your ship to
> follow. maybe there will be problems. wouldnt it be better to see what your
> backing is and make the decision as to the need for deep discussion on that
> basis and in up front get on with the development of the basics for the
> organization and put the effort into youth development..is that not our
> prime purpose.
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