What do you think? Should the Boy Scouts be forced to consider homosexuals as members or camp leaders? Who should make that decision? Does government have any voice in the matter?
I find myself with several different approaches to these questions. First, the Boy Scouts is a private organization. It has no official position in government and government has no official position in the Scouts. Therefore, in my opinion, no branch of government, including the judiciary, has any authority to dictate policy to the Scouts. It is also true that government has no responsibility to finance or provide any other assistance to the Scouts. The Boy Scout code is, in many cases, based on religious principles. Many local troops are sponsored by various church and civic organizations, which brings it under the influence of the Second Amendment.
Second: I believe that certain parts of our lives should be kept confidential. That includes our sexual orientation. It is no one’s business if I am heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, mono-sexual, techno-sexual or asexual. While you may be able to guess my sexuality, don’t bother to ask. I will not answer you. I firmly believe that this is the best policy for all of us. Anyone who displays their sexuality in public, whether in parades, bumper stickers, T-shirts or any other public device are to me highly repulsive. I do not want to know. And my opinion of you will never be based on my impression of your sexuality. I will never ask and I don’t want you to volunteer the information.
The recent move to change the military policy away from “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” is a major mistake. “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” should be reapplied to the military, and extended to the Boy Scouts.
If you are so anxious to display your sexuality to the public, go to a gay bar. But be sure to wear a coat over your costume while on the street. As for the so-called “gay pride” parades, I find them to be reprehensible. They are designed to force me and people like me to “respect” their gay lifestyle. All they do for me is make me want to go hide until they pass.
Sex is a personal thing. It is between you and your lover or lovers. It has no place in the streets or at Boy Scout meetings. So I maintain these things have no place in any public event. No one ought to use any public event to promote any sexual attitude. Costumes should never be overly sexual. That includes cheerleaders, dancers or body builders. If you want to take part in these events, they should be inside with limited access so that only those who want to see them are admitted. Then if I want to go to a strip club, I will not be forcing my pleasure on those who object.
OK. So I am old-fashioned. I admit it. Go ahead and put on your sexual shows. Just do it out of public view. Let us decide if we want to watch. Don’t force it on us.
Frank Gillispie is founder of The Madison County Journal. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. His website can be accessed at http://www.frankgillispie.com/gillispieonline.
So are you saying, Frank, that heterosexual couples should not display affection in public?
In other words do we ban all shows of affection or any kind of display of sexuality in public?
Sounds a bit like "1984" to me, Frank. I doubt even George Orwell could have imagined someone like you in the future...
02/13/13 at 05:29 PM
"So are you saying, Frank, that heterosexual couples should not display affection in public?"
How in the world could you in any way interpret anything in this opinion piece to mean a squelching of public affection? I believe your post could be accused of trolling just to create an unnecessary point of contention. Perhaps your definition of "sex" and "sexuality" is different from Mr. Gillispie's and of mine. Affection is one thing; the sex act is quite another. Maybe it's all that's in-between that is at issue in society, but I actually agree with most of Mr. Gillispie's opinion this time.
02/13/13 at 07:50 PM
Tim- Since the Boy Scouts are NOT part of the government AND THEY ARE a private group THEY CAN MAKE UP THEIR OWN RULES. Just like if Me, Frank, and several others in Madison County were to start our own club WE have the right to say who can join and WHO CAN'T?
BUT IF THE bOY sCOUTS START ACCEPTING gays AS MEMBERS AND CAMP LEADERS Alot of churches WILL STOP supporting them? The Boy Scouts are as American as Apple Pie WHAT NEXT how are they going to attack Apple Pie? BUT I'm sure they will try.
Tim if you bothered to pay attention to whats actually going on in this country you would see this is already School Policy in every disgusting public school in our nation . Were if they even hug one another they can written up and possible expelled being labeled as sex offenders. After watching the Documentary about The War On Kids I believe we should end public schools and disband the Industrial Style Teachers Unions all together .
Anybody can Google this and watch it . I have to give you fair warning though its very graphic and disturbing .
Runningdear : my deer season in the woods of MC was horrible. No deer and no male deer in rut running female deer. Guess deer in MC are now hiding out when they copulate. Maybe took much poaching. Will not renew my MC lease.