Friday, May 24, 2013

Boy Scouts - Almost there

Yesterday was an historic day.
"Today, following this review, the most comprehensive listening exercise in Scouting's history the approximate 1,400 voting members of the Boy Scouts of America's National Council approved a resolution to remove the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone."
This is, in my opinion, a very good thing. The bottom line is summed up by this sentence, which was part of the official statement on the BSA website: "While people have different opinions about this policy, we can all agree that kids are better off when they are in Scouting." Truer words can't be spoken.

However, as the above statement said, "A change to the current membership policy for adult leaders was not under consideration" so no gay scout leaders allowed. Many in the LGBT* community are unhappy with this but I don't see it as a loss. You see, the BSA hasn't even begun to take up this issue so there's no need to bemoan the non-decision yet. The fact is that, once they organization sees that allowing gay scouts makes no difference, they will be much more open to address the topic of gay scout leaders.

This is not to say that work isn't still needed. The biggest thing that struck me about the reaction to this announcement was that those opposed persist in thinking that their children will now be in danger because of it. While it is no longer held as a belief by the majority of the public, there is still this idea that homosexuals are most likely to molest children. Decades of exhaustive study have shown this is absolutely incorrect. Pedophiles are, almost exclusively, heterosexual men. If these people truly wanted to protect their children they would be fighting to make sure that all Scout Masters were gay. (The preceding statement is, of course, ridiculous, but it is as accurate as anything those opposed to gay adults being troop leaders).

What is needed more than activism and legal action is education. Once the public knows and understands the facts about homosexuality, topics like gay troop leaders and same-sex marriage will become moot.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

So much to say but not enough strength to say it

I have a number of subjects (some even topical) that I really want to pontificate on but it's been difficult sitting long enough to get anything done. Some of the ideas include, but are not limited to...
  • 16yo girl charged with possession and discharge of a weapon on school grounds and discharging a destructive device for her science project
  • Black Cat Cosplayer's Sexual Harassment
  • The fact that men and women will never and can never be equal
  • The "War" on breast cancer
  • Disney destroys Brave’s Merida
Also, maybe some babbling on what a bad parent the world thinks I am. Not that I disagree with the world on this one.