This Blog is in response to a vlogging cohort who I truly admire but; whom I believe is terribly misguided on the issue of gays in the Scouts. Chaz believes we should have our own scouting clubs and stay out of harms way in the heterosexual Scouting society. That we should not go where we are not wanted. The issue is not about being wanted or not, it’s about being a pioneer and isn’t that what scouting is all about pioneering. Showing the way!?
Hitler didn’t want Jews or blacks in his nation, but good people of integrity stood up to him became pioneers and we had the underground. The Taliban doesn’t want women to go to school, should they stay away just because “they are not wanted” ? No we have women risking their lives every day to go to school in Afghanistan. There are brave gay youth and adults who want to show society that being gay is not a disease, it does not mean we have no standards, no ethics no integrity. We choose to show that all gays are not sexually promiscuous, or have aberrant behavior, that they WE have values, family values, and are more normal than most of the heterosexual kingdom. We go to church and school and love our parents and grandparents and want and are contributing member of society.
The Scouts hierarchy are the ones that do not want gays in the Troops not the scouts at the campfire who can depend on their friend to help them gather food or wood, or tell a good story . There already are scouts that are gay just as there have always been, just as there have always been homosexual soldiers. We force those young men to not tell the truth of who they are by not allowing them to be open about their truth. Organizing separate clubs? Seriously REALLY????
It is estimated that 1 in ten are gay with more women than men in the population that means 1 in 22 boys, which means to get a troop of all gay boys who would be picked on more by being isolated, you would have to travel through 5 counties depending on where you lived! I think not! Way too difficult to organize.
The Scout Oath, by it’s very own admission would not allow any scout to harm another.
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
A Scout is:
Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful,
Friendly, Courteous, Kind,
Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty,
Brave, Clean, Reverent
Chaz it is not isolation here that we need or desire as a nation or a troop it is inclusion and acceptance, yes we would like to be with like minded persons with the same ideals, however not everyone has the same ideals, no two people in the Kiwanis or the Presbyterian Church or the local Synagogue thinks exactly alike and I venture to say that we don’t care how they have sex as long as it doesn’t apply to us! Further we don’t ask, so why ask a young person who may not have had sex at all yet! A young man who is morally straight, yet identifies as gay. It is possible to be gay and celibate.
It is the very differences that make America wonderful. It is these very differences that inspire people like me to defend to the death if necessary, the right for anyone to be different, for anyone to speak his mind whether I agree with them or not. We can not shun those that are different or we are no better than Hitler, Sadam, Binladdin, or any other Dictatorship. We can be blind, turn our backs, and in so doing let our identities, or our rights be stripped away. Yes I know it’s a private organization; but it is one that asks for my tax dollars. The Aryan nation is also a private organization, should we give them our tax dollars as well? And that Chaz is my 2 minute warning, by ostracizing and separating these young men we are starting down a slippery slope.