I have become pen pals with a guy named Brian.
He wants to leave a comment on the post “What were they thinking?
I am not going to give Brian a forum to bash Scouting, but I think it fair to at least let his comment get out there. As much as Scouts are friendly, Courteous, and Kind.
We are also good Americans and believe in the Freedoms that God.. yeah God (that’s what the Declaration says) gave us. “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”
So what does that have to do with anything?
Well Brian’s comment is as follows: “Why should gay taxpayers subsidise a private organization that excludes them?”
Well I guess the answer is simply there is no such thing in the course of Government as a “Gay Tax payer” as much is there is no such thing as a “White Tax payer” or “Straight tax payer” or “Male or Female tax payers”. Last I checked we are just “Tax payers” the government does not discriminate when it comes to receiving your dollar or mine.
Brian must be unaware that the Congress of the United States is the Chartered Organization for the Boy Scouts of America and that the President of these United States (republican or democratic) is the Honorary President of the BSA. What he also does not realize is that we tax payers pay for a lot of “subsides” that we do not agree with. Planned Parenthood is one that I absolutely detest… yet my tax money goes there. Let me see, I live in Oregon.. I pay taxes out of the nose for roads. We have not had a road built in this state in decades. I pay for floundering schools, I pay for a homosexual City government which I disagree with… but I pay.. why.. because I am an America and that is my obligation.
Brian you fail to see the forest for the trees.. while you argue over a petty issue such as a City Government doing the right thing by renting for a $1. You fail to tackle the issue on the other side. These young men in the Scouting program are now going to miss out on opportunities to make life better for all.
Brian, when was the last BSA sanctioned “Gay bashing” event?
When was the last time the BSA disrupted a gay pride parade?
When was the last time the BSA did anything to harm the gay movement?
Hmmm… you don’t have an answer other than to say a Private group MUST admit homosexual members. NOPE. The 1st Amendment of Constitution of the United States gives us the implied right of association. This 1st Amendment right is the same that allows for the gay rights parade etc.
In the case of Philadelphia hosing the BSA… it is simply the caving in of government to please a minority that has a big voice.
I am sure the BSA will survive as it has for almost 100 years.
You know the United Way up here in liberal Oregon does not contribute a penny to the Boy Scouts.. and you know, we have managed just the same. No camps closed, services still go on. The BSA is resourceful and will manage this crisis.
Remember the old Cowboy movies where the Good guy wears the white hat and no matter what the situation he always wins.
Brian, Good and Right always win. And right will win the day here too.
In the mean time Brian, just enjoy the recipes and the camping tips, that is why we are really here. Scouting is not about politics, it’s about Character and Citizenship and Physical fitness. The boys really don’t care who’s gay or not. They don’t get wrapped up in all that… and you know neither does the BSA, until of course you folk bring it up.
ON MY HONOR!