Calling Them Out
I became a Cub Scout volunteer when my son joined the Tiger Cubs back in the mid-90s. I recall hiking at Red Bud Valley and Oxley, and I remember collaborating on one of the ugliest sailboats ever entered in a regatta. Pack No. 2 was a large group back then, and I don't remember any leaders that I didn't like and respect. Whether or not any of them were gay never crossed my mind.
When the chicken fighting ban was first proposed in this state, my first thought was, "Chicken fighting is still legal? You gotta be kidding!" I had the same reaction when the Scout issue surfaced: "The Boy Scouts still don't allow gays? You gotta be kidding me!" The recent claims that their concern is over the safety of the children seems weak. Shoot, today we have gay teachers, pediatricians, coaches and counselors. I think the real issue is their "moral character" clause. This was written at a time when most folks were pretty homophobic, and gays had to stay real quiet about who they were. It must have been awful for them. I can't believe they haven't moved past this.
I remember watching the movie State Fair when I was about 10 or 11. There was something about Ann Margret that I couldn't get out of my head. From that point on, when I see a giggling girl who bounces on the balls of her feet, I'm ready to start crossing deserts and swimming oceans. I managed to marry two such women, and I never recall making a choice to love them. I just did. The feeling couldn't have been more natural. I've always assumed that gay kids probably go through the same process. I don't think that they could choose their orientation anymore than I could have. Banning them for being who they are seems like a pretty vile policy.
The gay people that I've known in my life kind of run the gamut.
Some were bright, some not, some were funny, some had strong character, and some didn't...kind of like the rest of us. The homophobes I've known haven't been as diverse a group. I can't recall any that I found to be very bright or good-hearted. I always kind of picked up the same vibe that I get from racists. If the goal of the Boy Scouts is to instill moral character in kids, I believe they are driving in the wrong direction.
I believe my son had the same reaction to Baywatch that I had with State Fair. He found a giggly girl of his own a couple of years ago, and now they've given me a beautiful, bouncing baby granddaughter. If they have a boy, my son and daughter-in-law can do as they please, but my advice would be, "Don't touch the scouts with a 10-foot pole." I sure wouldn't want any grandchild exposed to that nonsense.
I hope the Scouts change their policy soon. If not, I think they run the risk of being this generation's Woolworth's. I hope you folks who still support the current policy would try to imagine the following scenario:
Suppose you have five sons, and one turns out to be gay. Are you going to tell your other four sons to continue in scouting, then explain to your gay son that he can't continue with his brothers because the organization that helps shape your family won't allow him because of his sinfulness and low character, and will you tell him that they believe that when he grows up, he will be someone akin to a pedophile? How else are you going to explain it? Can you imagine what this is going to do to him? Hey, you know what would be cool? If your other 4 sons, in an act of rebellion against parental authority, decided to quit the scouts, then told their brother that they loved and accepted him for who he was, always would, and would avoid any organizations or individuals who couldn't do the same, that would be a good time to smile big, because that's when you realize these fine sons have just taught you the real meaning of character and family values.
For My Second Wish...
In a recent City Council in Your Neighborhood, cheers erupted when Councilor Lakin championed more District 8 road widenings. Be careful what you wish for.
Road widenings kill human-scale traffic: walking, transit, and bicycling. Wide roadways separate neighborhoods from each other, away from grocery stores and parks.
If the only comfortable and convenient way to get in and out of our homes and neighborhoods is driving, we will all be trapped in our homes, when we can no longer be able or should drive.
Be careful what you wish for.
Sadly, Obama's "Milking" and callous exploitation of the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings may have come home to roost in the tragic Boston Marathon bombing. One would have to be VERY naive to believe Barrack Hussein Obama II's rhetoric about "getting to the bottom" of this tragedy.
You have already seen his handling of the Fort Hood Massacre, Civilian Trials for terrorists, blocking "Fast and Furious" investigations, and his and Hillary Clinton's no-show performance during the Benghazi attack.
The ONLY thing this president is excellent at doing is spending money we don't have and unilaterally lowering our nuclear deterrent against our foes. The only thing we know for sure is that Obama and Rahm Emanuel will "never let a good crisis go to waste."
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