Sometimes, stress is not the result of roaring crises and large catastrophes, but an accumulation of stinging, pinpoint-like problems. Basically, I’ve had a bad week, filled with unrelenting homework assignments and college apps and family drama – but none of it is worth complaining about, so instead, I will sublimate my emotions by writing a rant-like blog post!
I understand that the Boy Scouts of America have won, in court, the right to exclude openly homosexual individuals from their ranks. Supposedly this is because it is a private organization. This post isn’t a persuasive piece on why what the BSA is doing is illegal; rather, it is
a rant an attempt to prove why it should be.
At the summer program I attended in July, we had a brief discussion centered on this topic in my Forensic Victimology class. One girl raised her hand and stated something along the lines of how other boys or men would be uncomfortable with a gay person in their presence. Yes, you read that correctly. Uncomfortable. Due to the reasons I presented in this post, she was quickly shot down (in a polite, respectful way) and the class agreed that the BSA’s prejudice was only permissible because of the current law.
But what I find baffling is how the organization could exclude any member at all based on their sexuality. Clearly the only real reason they have for this is that they claim to abide by Christianity, which I guess they think is against homosexuality, though I know a bunch of Christians who are just fine with gays. And from sifting through their website, it seems like a lot of boy scouts are around the age of 10 or 11, and continue until they are 18. Why would a 10 or 11-year-old be thinking about sex or romance? It’s not some gay counselor is going to go “Okay kids, let’s climb this mountain! By the way, because this is totally relevant, I’m going to randomly tell you about why being gay will help you climb mountains, even though it doesn’t.”
Sexuality is not a big issue. But the BSA is making it a big issue by preventing gay people from participating in a “program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.” Because they let black boys and teens join, those black people don’t think “oh, I’m black, I’m different.” But if they were to block black youth from membership in the boy scouts, those kids and teens would assume that their skin color is important enough for them to be excluded.
Now, I’m not a boy scout myself, but I’m pretty sure the purpose of the boy scouts is to build character, participate in the responsibilities of citizenship, and develop personal fitness (actually, I’m 100% sure, because that’s what it said on the website… which I quoted above.) The fact that gays are denied these privileges exemplifies hypocrisy – there’s clearly nothing wrong with gay people, and if there were something wrong with them, which there isn’t, why wouldn’t we want to foster strong character and citizenship within them? Why would we deny that to anyone, regardless of their religious beliefs or their sexuality? It simply makes no sense.
Okay, rant finished. Now to run for a bit and then study for my AP Biology test tomorrow. Wish me luck, and please share your opinions on this matter! I think this post was even a little less eloquent than my last one, but that’s alright – as long as I get my point across! Oh, and, woo, Chick-fil-A has possibly seen the light.