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Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Re: “Nothing respectful or kind in anti-gay policy,” April 25:
I would like to expound upon what I believe as both a leader and parent in Scouts. As a parent, I believe that your sexuality is your personal choice and has no place within the Scouts, no matter what side you choose. I do not condone it, nor do I condemn it, as long as you keep your sexuality to yourself. It’s none of my business, and I am not going to seek you out and exploit it.
If the policy in Scouting changed, would it be OK for a homosexual to come to our Scout meeting and proclaim his sexual orientation? Do these young boys need to know this? Don’t they get enough on TV, at school, etc.? We would like our boys to be boys and enjoy “boy things.” They need a place where they are insulated from these complicated issues and can just have fun.
Regarding the Scout meeting that Jacqueline Watson stated she left in “shock and bewilderment,” there was no discrimination at this discussion, only heart-felt opinions. No one can expect an organization that was founded on Christian beliefs to change its covenants because of choices others have made. This is not a civil rights issue. This is a private organization that is fighting to stand on principles that were established more than 100 years ago. A person has every right to make the choices he makes, but he cannot force others to accept them.
Also, Watson wrote that one of the members said, “If little Johnny brings two dads to a Scout meeting, that’s just inappropriate.” My wife and I were present for the entire meeting, and the statement was, “If little Johnny brings two dads to a Scout meeting, we would not care unless they were open about their sexuality.”
The issue is not gay; it’s openly gay. No one has a right to force his or her sexuality on other members. If Watson thought it was truly important, she would have stood up and argued the point in the open forum instead of writing an op-ed.
I want to make a point about an observation I’ve made while Watson has been present in our den meetings. Since she chose to mention that Scouts are also reverent, she failed to mention that she chooses not to bow her head when we take prayer at the end of meetings. We notice it, and yet never make it an issue and believe she has a right to make her own choice in this matter. This is a point I make to prove we are tolerant of alternative perspectives and only want the best for our boys.
Lastly, I want to re-emphasize that she said nothing in the meeting about sexuality and made only a brief stand for atheism, then left before the meeting adjourned. Why now is she posting a commentary about something when she never even took part in the discussion? She did not say one word in rebuttal. How shameful she should feel for not standing up for all her beliefs.
I’m disappointed in her for making such a wonderful experience with our troop into a mockery.
I’m not going to let her disparage a fine organization that shares the principles I believe in. I will not allow it.
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