Dear Boy Scouts, Homosexuals Are Not Immoral Pedophiles

The Boy Scouts of America have a tough decision on their hands whether or not to allow openly gay individuals in the organization.  As a privately owned organization, the Boy Scouts can do whatever they want.  The law is on their side. They shouldn’t cave into the pressure of mainstream America to accept anyone they don’t want to.  However, their reasoning for discriminating against certain groups of individuals being involved is extremely flawed.  Homosexuals and Atheists are no less moral than the individuals who fill church pews on Sunday morning. 

If you want to make this a religious statement, go right ahead.  Say “We don’t want to have homosexuals involved in our organization because we feel it is a sin and unacceptable to God”.  I’d be okay with that.  I’m fine with people sticking by their religious convictions and would support the Boy Scouts in doing so.  What I don’t want is for the Boy Scouts and their religious supporters to make this an issue over whose morals are better suited for raising children.   Don’t say that a homosexual doesn’t have the ability to follow and teach the Boy Scout Law “Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.”  Or uphold the oath:

On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country. To help other people at all times, to obey the Scout Law, and to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Our primary caregiver and the lady who helped us raise our kids until they were old enough to go to school is a lesbian.  My children were treated with all the love and grace I could ask for.  I’m disgusted that religious individuals consistently have the audacity to tell another group of people that they are unfit parents, poor role models, and essentially lesser human beings because of a lifestyle difference.  There’s no study that supports any of the ignorant accusations of people like Pat Robertson who claim homosexuals are pedophiles.  If that were the case, we have more grounds to register every Catholic priest as a sex offender.

Take religion out of the decision.  If you can’t or won’t do that, just own up to it.  But don’t sit back and label someone based on your own ignorance and choice not to see reality.  There are more people wandering this earth who bare the emotional and physical scars placed on them by “God fearing Christians” than will ever be marred by homosexuals and atheists.

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7 thoughts on “Dear Boy Scouts, Homosexuals Are Not Immoral Pedophiles

  1. If I may, I dont think the primary concern is that homosexuals are inherently pedophiles. Of course they have taken the moral stance that homosexual sexual relationships are immoral, but the practical concern is that of males who are attracted to males would be in close quarters with them.

    People often hear “boy scouts” and think of little kids. A good number of boy scouts are in their teens. So it’s not really an issue of homosexual men being around little boys.

    But for the same reason we would find it objectionable to have male girl scout leaders in a position to be in a position to see their female scouts in various stages of undress, also male homosexual boy scout leaders are objectionable.

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    • I appreciate your comment and agree that is the underlying concern, but even that premise is inherently flawed. We have male coaches on female soccer and basketball teams and we have female athletic trainers on football teams. I’m a heterosexual male youth leader with attractive young females in my group, does that predispose me to beginning an inappropriate relationship with them? You throw in all the student/teacher relationships that occur as well, and one could go to the extreme of saying “for the safety of children we must institute sexual segregation”. It’s again an unfair stereotype with no basis other than fear and misunderstanding.

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      • Do you and the male coaches of female sport teams, and the women coaches of males have access to their team’s bathrooms, locker rooms, changing rooms, or sleeping quarters? If not, why not?

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      • As a coach and member of a sports team, the answer is yes. As a youth leader, those moments are far less frequent (group trips, etc), But even within those heterosexual instances, there are rules. Door’s stay open, individuals are dressed, witnesses are present, etc. Everything is in avoiding “the appearance of evil”. My son’s school has banned high school students from the elementary bathrooms. As a father of little boys, if I found out that my son’s male authority figure was in his room alone with him while dressing, it wouldn’t matter whether he was openly gay or not. I’d have an issue.

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      • Are you telling me that male coaches have access to female bathrooms and changing rooms while the girls are using them? Not buying it.

        but regardless. I think you know the point I’m making and there really isn’t any reason other than someone’s feelings are hurt to allow gay men to be in a position to view teen and young boys in various states of undress, showering, or using a bathroom.

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  2. So, Ben, you’re saying that you would be okay with your two boys being in the temporary custody (like on a camping trip where you are not present) of an older man who is sexually attracted to males and having sexual relations with males? Just asking.

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    • What’s the difference between that and sending them to a sleepover at a friends house who lives with his divorced mother who’s attracted to males? I would trust that the boyscouts have policies and screening similar to what any church youth or children’s ministry abides by to make sure multiple adults are involved to make sure relationships are appropriate. It’s all a matter of trust and right now people don’t trust homosexuals because they don’t understand them.

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