Skip to comments.Romney on Boy Scouts
Posted on 01/02/2008 10:39:29 AM PST by Maelstorm
I just listened to that YouTube clip.
Romney simply said that all people should be allowed to join the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation.
He didn’t say he wants the Boy Scouts to teach boys how to be gay.
He didn’t say that it is perfectly OK to be a gay scout leader, or that he wanted openly homosexual men or boys openly practice their predatory habits in the Boy Scouts.
Sheesh! You Romney bashers hear only what you want to hear, regardless of reality.
Sickening, isn’t it?
Actually, his exact words were "all people", not "all boys". To me, the term "all people" means just that - Scouts as well as their leaders.
His words were: "allowed to participate in", not "allowed to join".
As an employer, they are great employees. They are honest, have great family values, etc. They make the amount of money they want to make and won't give extra time if that makes somebody else's business more profitable. Within Mormon companies, there appear to be "tracks" and non-Mormons are less likely to advance than Mormons. They are entitled to their way of doing things, but don't count on them to be playing on your team if you are the captain.
And it doesn’t matter what the Church feels about gay scout leaders. As a practical matter, if for no other reason, the BSA has found they can’t afford the law suits some gay leaders have been generating.
I know of some cases where some LDS youth groups actually went and visited other churches.
And I have worked in industry most of my career (mostly around non-LDS with just a few LDS) and I haveb’t seen any difference in the way Mormons integrate into groups.
I didn’t know there were any conservatives in Mass!
Actually, his exact words were “all people”, not “all boys”. To me, the term “all people” means just that - Scouts as well as their leaders.
Had he said "all boys" rather that "all people", I might agree with you. His statement made no distinction between Scouts and their leaders.
He doesn't have to say anything. One the camels nose is in the tent, it will be in the tent. He says its OK for gays to be in the scouts, guess whats next? It aint gonna be the scouts agenda, it'll be theirs! So I guess since Mitt didn't explicitly say gays shouldn't openly practice their preditory habits, we should just let them in and assume they won't? I'm proud to be a Mitt basher. Much better than being a Romney denier!
Translation: Gays should be allowed to participate in Scouting.
Our experience has been that Scouting is a type of youth group for the LDS church. If you join the Troop, they want you to come to the church. But they do not participate on Scout get-togethers. They remain separate and autonomous.
They are also the only troops to put their church affiliation in their flag. I personally think it is a great idea but I wish they participated more in Council stuff.
Thank you. We seem to be in the minority but our experience is that they stay very separate, to the point of making extra work for camp staff. Others talk about what great scouters they are. I don’t know if their program even follows the guidelines that ours do but there appears to be no oversight from council about what they do. One difference pointed out by another non-Mormon scout family in Utah was that they don’t adhere to the two-deep rule of supervision.
He is from Mass. Of course he is a queer lover.
A man from Mass can not be elected. He is from Mass.
Ok, the title alone was worth the post...
First of all, congratulations on your Eagle Scouts! Good job mom and dad.
Yes, most of the LDS folks I know are good people and yet, prone to the foibles of too closely following church doctrine as it relates to their youth programs.
They believe that Scouting is a part of their church youth program, not an enhancement and therefore, they have the right to modify it as they see fit. In truth, Scouting is a separate entity that can be used for the furthering of their youth programs. Yet, most of the LDS leaders that have failing programs don’t understand why their programs are failing.
No disagreement on the perfecting of the Scouting program. I truly believe in the Scouting Mission and Values. Yes, there have been instances where LDS leaders have made things difficult with “unreasonable” demands(?), yet, we make a concerted effort to let them know it’s not about them, it’s about the boys.
The groups you have dealt with sound quite obstinate and unfortunately, secretive in their approach. Did you notice a lot of “basketball Eagles”? That’s what we call some of the programs here. My job is to bring most if not all of these units into the fold and get them to understand the importance of following the program as it is intended.
They can modify certain aspects to suit their religious beliefs (Sunday travel for instance), but I believe, based on your observations and experiences that those leaders you dealt with are doing their boys a grave disservice.
I am currently working with an LDS unit trying to get their program rebuilt after three years of basically no trained leadership with some church meddling thrown in and I occassionally run into some resistance. I just gently remind them of the agreement we made about me running a Boy Scouts of America program, not an LDS Boy Scout program.
I am training their adult leaders, teaching the boys how to be leaders and building a trained Troop Cmte. that will hopefully not slip backwards once I’m done. This unit had no boy led-boy run program, no committee, no trained adult leaders, etc.
It’s been almost a year now. I have about a year to go I think before I believe I’d feel comfortable turning them loose to see what they can do. I think the biggest thing that has helped me be successful to this point is their bishop who has bought into it whole hog. He wants a quality program, not only for his son, but all the others as well and doesn’t tolerate any unnecessary interference (what that means yet I don’t rightly know) in what I’m doing.
I even convinced him to let me take the Troop to Summer Camp last year over a Sunday. The deal was that their youth leaders would conduct a Sunday service and the boys had to kind of keep it quiet, but it was a victory in the sense that I was able to use logic and convince him of the difficulties in arriving on Monday morning as opposed to arriving on Saturday and be ready, rested and raring to go on Monday morning. Now we’ll see what we can do about this year since the camp we’re going to doesn’t allow Sat. arrivals.;-)
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