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Survivor Journals

Bob of If I Die Before I Wake has invited nine journallers to participate in a Cyber Survivor Adventure.

Every couple of weeks, the group will be issued a "challenge entry". The site will post a excerpt from the challenge entries, as well as the link to the complete entry found on the journaller's own journal site.

After the challenge entry is posted, the nine journallers will vote one of the writers off the site.

The "ousted" journaller will actually remain on the site, but rather than posting further challenge entries, they will act as a judge and commentator.

The first challenge entry has been issued, and can be found at the Survivor Journal website. The actual entries should be completed by
October 1, 2000.

Please take the time to visit, especially once the challenge entries are posted. There is a message board to post your thoughts/comments and also a instant poll where visitors can vote for who they would want to see kicked off the site.

The reasons behind Survivor Journals are simple.

1. To try something new.
2. Increase the interaction of the journal community.
3. The challenge.
4. Increased exposure to all journals involved.

So take a look around, explore all the journals involved.

If you would like to take part in Survivor Journals, Year Two, let Bob know!


December 4, 2000

It was time for my annual Christmas letter to the city of Davis. This is what appeared in the Letters to the Editor this morning:

Once again the Christmas season is upon us, and once again, I sadly pass by the Boy Scout Christmas tree lot and go elsewhere to buy a tree. It has been said by some that those of us who oppose the discriminatory practices of the Boy Scouts of America in excluding gay boys and leaders are in some way punishing children. I prefer to think that the administration of the Boy Scouts of America (for this exclusion policy is unique to the United States) is cheating boys out of an opportunity to learn tolerance, acceptance, and diversity. Boys are being taught, whether directly or indirectly, that it's OK to separate groups into "us" and "them," and that "they" aren't good enough to join our club. This attitude has far reaching consequences. Too often leads to acting out behavior against "them" and sets "them" up for feelings of low self esteem. Is it any wonder that gay teens are more likely to commit suicide than straight teens? I have no doubt that most of the adults involved in scouting in Davis are wonderful, upstanding, generous people who only want kids to have a something fun to do. But it saddens me that the Boy Scouts of America has set its organization up so that not all children have that opportunity and that some boys will grow up thinking they are somehow not as good as other boys. Until all boys, gay as well as straight, are given the opportunity to participate in Scouting activities, I will continue to look elsewhere for a Christmas tree, and I would hope that all people of conscience will join me in refusing, once again, to support discrimination in Davis by driving past the Boy Scout Christmas tree lot.

As someone pointed out, if I didn’t write this letter, people would wonder what happened to me, since I write more or less the same letter every year at this time. But it sometimes feels like beating my head against a brick wall. I recently joined a subcommittee of the city’s Human Relations Commission to look into the city’s relations with the Boy Scouts. It’s a difficult situation, because really most of the people involved with Scouting here never think about the BSA’s disciminatory policies. They only want to go camping and teach the kids to tie knots.

The boys certainly aren’t thinking about sexual orientation when they are planning an outdoor event or designing a Pinewood Derby car. It’s an easy issue to just sweep under the rug. Look the other way, let kids have a good time and quit making such a fuss. But I just can’t do that.

When a group of us protested against the Boy Scouts recently, most folks driving by gave us a thumbs up. A few people yelled at us to “leave the kids alone.” Two people from other countries where Scouting is as big as it is here stopped by to say they didn’t understand the discriminatory policies of the BSA, because sexual orientation wasn’t even a consideration when it came to scouting programs in their country. But for some reason, the BSA feels strongly enough about excluding some boys and some leaders that it has sought, and won, the Supreme Court’s blessing to openly discriminate.

The Supreme Court was right in its decision. This is a private club and as a private club it can do whatever it wants. My quarrel is when this private club starts getting public funding, whether through United Way or free use of school facilities, whether for meetings or for distributing literature or whatever.

In Davis there has been the little issue of free use of public land for Scout activities (such as selling Christmas trees). I’m also exercising my own freedom to protest discrimination by not supporting any Scouting activity. And if our kids were younger, they would be in 4-H instead of Scouts.

I don’t know what there is about homosexuality that makes people so crazed. I once attempted a dialog with an acquaintance about her attitude about homosexuality. I asked her how what happened between consenting adults, in private, could possibly affect her and her family to the point that she would fight to prevent human beings from having equal basic human rights. She responded: Homosexual apologists seem to be driven to force society to accept their agenda, an agenda that we see as destructive to that very society. So it does affect my life: the self-proclaimed forces of tolerance and moderation seek to destroy any man or woman who contradicts their point of view. Homosexual activists and their allies want nothing less than the enforced public acceptance of homosexuality as a positive lifestyle. They answer even the mildest criticism of their agenda with rage, personal attacks, and often violence. Violence is coming from extremists on both sides. This kind of atmosphere certainly affects my life and that of my children, my grandchildren, the educational system, politics, medical care, and a host of other areas.

My friend Mike is an expert on this “gay lifestyle” that everyone seems so afraid of. I think every concerned person should read his account of what it’s like to live the gay lifestyle. It’s quite eye opening. Real hot stuff there. Certainly the stuff which should cause us to go out and beat up queers in the name of God. Be forewarned. Not for the faint of heart.

[ 2009 Update:  The site is no longer available, which is too bad.  It's things like washing dishes, taking out the garbage, feeding the dog, mowing the lawn, etc. ]

I wonder why it is that it seems to be only the gay lifestyle that causes such heebiejeebies. I know a lot of people living the homeless lifestyle, a lifestyle which is by choice and not by birth, I might add. While I have friends who are homeless and I enjoy talking to them, basically the homeless community is more of a threat to me and my peace of mind. They talk to me in public. They ask me for money. They get in my way when I’m walking down the street. And yet there don’t seem to be any anti-homeless activists who are protesting the homeless lifestyle.

But there is so much foaming at the mouth about what people do in private. There is so much hate in the world, I would think that God-loving Christians would be happy to support any relations between people which are kind and loving and which don’t affect anybody but the people involved. People loving people. What is more beautiful than that? Why do we get so worked up about which body parts are involved? Why does something called “loving” lead to animosity, hatred, and far too often to violence?

The motto of the Boy Scouts is “Be Prepared.”

From the BSA web page: Baden-Powell wasn't thinking just of being ready for emergencies. His idea was that all Scouts should prepare themselves to become productive citizens and to give happiness to other people. He wanted each Scout to be ready in mind and body for any struggles, and to meet with a strong heart whatever challenges might lie ahead. Be prepared for life - to live happily and without regret, knowing that you have done your best. That's what the Scout motto means. “...become productive citizens and to give happiness to other live happily and without regret, knowing you have done your best." Yeah. We sure don’t want those queer boys learning that, now, do we?

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