I still believe in the Scout Oath and the traditional meaning of the phrase in
it, "morally straight." IMHO, allowing gay scouts (and leaders) and
still espousing that phrase are incompatible in the long run. And,
as always, I think there are kind, sincere gay people out there who would like
to live in peace, but there are those who are otherwise, who get offended at the
drop of a hat. I take my hat off to the sincere and reasonable GLBT who deal
with - and discuss - these issues in a civilized manner.
Two For Flinching:When is anything equal? People are not
identicle.Fairness is for weaklings, and whiners.
@ worfYes, separate but equal is a brilliant idea! I don't know
why that hasn't been tried before...
I think we're reaching a tipping point. Pretty soon these items won't
have to be news anymore.
Just make a scouting program for gay boys, and leaders. Why force it on others?
Just that simple
It's fair what the scouts have done I am sure there will be
policies in place to protect the rights of straight boys who do not feel
comfortable sharing a tent with a boy who may be attracted to him, just as a
young girl may not feel comfortable changing clothes or sharing a tent with a
young boy. I also think the rules about leaders is smart. Scout
safety is paramount.
"There hasn't been a whole lot of fallout," said Haddock, a lawyer
from Wichita, Kan. "If a church said they wouldn't work with us,
we'd have a church right down the street say, 'We'll take the
troop.'"That is a pretty naive view. If the Mormons and
Catholics left, the impact would be great.
I've never known a scout leader who has made it a matter of concern- I
don't see things being any different going forward. The real issue is with
gay activists using this as a "foot in the door" for gay leaders which
I strongly oppose.
How is this even an issue? I don't recall sexual orientation ever coming up
in conversation when I was that age. I honestly don't care if someone is
gay or not...I just don't think Scouts is where sexuality needs to be
discussed, but that's just me.