I am not so sure I understand how admitting gay youth to The Boy Scouts of America ever got to be such an issue because the Scouts have been a part of the American Experience for more than 100 years and in all that time are you going to tell me that there has never been any gay members?
I know for darn sure that when I was a kid back in the 40s and 50s there were Boy Scouts who a lot of folks thought might be “a little different” but not much more than that was ever said about it and the Scouting did what it had always done – - built character and values into youth and helped prepare them for the rigors and demands of Life.
I also remember from my younger days that The Boy Scouts never looked like any kind of religious organization even though some of their “Codes” involved religious precepts such as “Honor, Dignity, Honesty, Integrity, Character and Moral Uprightness.”
I keep hearing stories of how some churches may drop their support of The Boy Scouts because of this new vote that was taken and my attitude about that is, “So what? Let the local businesses take up the role of supporters again like in the old days.” I personally think “Churches” have their noses stuck in too many places already where they have no business being – - and I think politics is one of them and I sure as Hell believe something like the Scouts needs to be secular in nature even if there are some religious overtones such as “Moral Teachings and Character Building.”
Which brings us to my next point: ”In my lifetime I have met a lot of gay people who I feel are one helluva lot more “Moral” in their values and their value judgments than a lot of the more supposedly “reee-ligious” church-goers!
I know a lot of churches – - especially some of the evangelical-style protestant churches – - have this big hang up about homosexuality and gay people and so on as being some kind of sin or immorality or whatever – - – but I have always wondered and still wonder – - if “Gay” is such a great sin why didn’t Jesus Christ ever say a blessed word about it in all the utterances He left to guide the Church?
I have heard one especially prominent Right Winger say something on the order of “It is alright to be gay but it is a sin to do some of the things that gay people are “Tempted” to do.” Yes, folks – - I believe the individual used the word, “Tempted.”
Well I suppose everybody is entitled to their own opinion, but I would ask the following question in answer to that Rightie’s statement: ”I suppose it is alright for a pear tree to be a pear tree as long as it doesn’t produce any pears, right?” How about this one: ”Pine trees are o.k. until they start producing those sticky little pine needles and then they are out of the Will of God, right?” How about this one: ”Cats are fine unless they try to bark and then if they start to bark like dogs, they are sinning, right?”
I got another question on the supposed role of church-ism in organizations such as The Boy Scouts: ”What are you supposed to do about “Christian” teachings, values and ideology when you run into a scout who may not necessarily embrace “Judaeo-Christian” ideology? Am I to understand there are no Boy Scouts who are from any other religious background or heritage than a strictly Protestant Christian one? I do not know the answer to this but someone out there might and maybe they could tell me the answer to that one.
I don’t get all the noise being made around the Scouting issue – - it didn’t ever seem to me like it was such a big deal until just recently but I was never a Boy Scout. I wanted to join when I was a kid but my over-protective Mom wouldn’t allow it because she was afraid I might go “Out there in them woods on a camping trip and get bit by a snake or something.”
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Posted by John Liming on May 24, 2013