Archive for May, 2013

Attention Boy Scouts of America !!!!!

May 26, 2013

My greatest concern is that we are teaching Discrimination. By prohibition of Homosexuality we are denying them the basic rights of human beings. The religious basis (the Bible) for this policy is flawed. We seem to have gotten over these biblical edicts:
Kill People Who Don’t Listen to Priests (Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT)
Kill Witches (Exodus 22:17 NAB)
Kill Homosexuals (Leviticus 20:13 NAB)
Kill Fortunetellers (Leviticus 20:27 NAB)
Death for Hitting Dad (Exodus 21:15 NAB)
Death for Cursing Parents (Proverbs 20:20 NAB) (Leviticus 20:9 NLT)
Death for Adultery (Leviticus 20:10 NLT)
Death for Fornication (Leviticus 21:9 NAB)
Kill Nonbelievers (2 Chronicles 15:12-13 NAB)
Kill Women Who Are Not Virgins On Their Wedding Night (Deuteronomy 22:20-21 NAB)
Kill Followers of Other Religions. (Deuteronomy 13:7-12 NAB) (Deuteronomy 17:2-5 NLT)
Death for Blasphemy (Leviticus 24:10-16 NLT)
So….why are the Boy Scouts enforcing THESE rules ? We seem to have gotten over all of that. For the record since I do not know what is ahead in this questionnaire, I am a 62 yo white Eagle Scout, father of an Eagle Scout, Scoutmaster, retired RN/Adult Nurse Practitioner, political Independent, Married 30 years, Heterosexual, retired Lieutenant Colonel ( 20 Years AD US Army), pro-gun with no (known) friends who are Homosexual. I was raised in Texas when we had White and Colored Bathrooms and Water Fountains at Neiman Marcus and I rode in the back of the bus to school with the “coloreds” who were descendants of slaves and considered subhuman in the 1950’s. I have 3 degrees, have taught courses at 5 different Universities, am a disabled veteran, believe in the Death Penalty, and had relatives in Concentration Camps, had Grandfather in combat in WWI, a father at Corregidor in WWII and I don’t “pigeonhole” very easily. I believe in Human Rights and fairness PERIOD. According to the Bible, we should be killing people for adultery, stoning people to death for not being Virgins etc and allowing slavery. Let’s face it, this is NOT what we do. I don’t care about people’s sexual orientation. I served in the US Army with some of the finest NCOs and Officers who were secretly Gay and Lesbian–and put their lives on the line for this country of ours. Even the US Army has found out that this is NOT a security threat or does it impede Combat readiness. I fear the religious right has a stranglehold on my beloved Boy Scouts and are bound and determined through ignorance and hate to promulgate this policy. They have confused Homosexuality with Pedophilia. I believe pedophiles should be given a choice on first offense, of Life in prison without parole or Immediate Execution. Pedophilia of either kind is NOT homosexuality. I have no personal sexual experience with either ( Other than having worked in a City County Trauma Unit for 5 years) but I do not believe by banning Homosexuals we are compromising the safety or the orientation of our youth.
We don’t teach Sexuality 101 in Boy Scouts. It isn’t our Job. But by allowing youth to believe that Gay people are evil we teach discrimination and the outcome is that Gays are held to be inferior and allowed to be beaten half to death and then dragged behind a pickup truck and set on fire. That isn’t suddenly done- it is taught slowly by bigots who dehumanize homosexuals and make it OK to TORTURE & MURDER THEM. Hitler and the Nazi’s rounded up 100,000 homosexuals along with 6 million of my people and put them in jails and concentration camps. Tens of thousands of homosexuals died in Concentration Camps. That starts with making one group “better” and preferred over the other. If you want to talk with me about any of this call me or summon me to Irving. I live on a farm in Iowa. We have airplanes here.
Eagle Scouts are tomorrow’s Scoutmasters. Just go to a local monthly Roundtable Meeting and look at all the Eagle Scout badges on the Adults. Why oh Why would you prohibit an Eagle Scout from being a leader as an adult when the program is designed to produce LEADERS ?
If the current 2 deep policy is going to be ineffective for producing safety for Scouts with Gay leaders, then it is ineffective for producing ineffective safety for Hetero sexual FEMALE Scoutmasters. They should be banned immediately with all the currently banned Homosexual Scoutmasters.
If you start enforcing ALL the Biblical rules ( adultery, nonvirgins marrying etc along with Homosexuality etc) then fine. If you ban all the women Scout leaders. Again, fine. Otherwise, Make Sense. The Two Deep Policy either works or it doesn’t, even assuming that adult homosexuals would molest Boy Scouts which I do NOT believe they would.
I have been a Scout since the 1950’s. You discriminated against us Scouts by allowing predators amongst us and now you are still discriminating against Adult Homosexuals. When will YOU start living up to the Scout Oath and the Scout Law and stop creating and enforcing Discriminating Policies and start treating people like YOU want to be treated ?…. Another Biblical edict that we all OUGHT to live with—the Golden Rule.