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.
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:
As someone pointed out, if I didnt 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 citys Human Relations Commission to look into the citys relations with the Boy Scouts. Its a difficult situation, because really most of the people involved with Scouting here never think about the BSAs disciminatory policies. They only want to go camping and teach the kids to tie knots.
The boys certainly arent thinking about sexual orientation when they are planning an outdoor event or designing a Pinewood Derby car. Its 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 cant 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 didnt understand the discriminatory policies of the BSA, because sexual orientation wasnt 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 Courts 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). Im 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 dont 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 its like to live the gay lifestyle. Its 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.
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 Im walking down the street. And yet there dont 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 dont 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 people....to live happily and without
regret, knowing you have done your best." Yeah. We sure dont want those queer
boys learning that, now, do we?
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