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To: RRWCC; LTCJ
What has been found in practice is that there are people in some areas of the country who are perfectly fine with homosexuals as youth leaders, at least in the abstract (as opposed to whether a particular one was otherwise suitable).

For example, there were 7 units in Oak Park, Illinois sponsored by the local PTAs where said PTAs refused to renew their charters unless the local Council allowed them to ignore sexual orientation when registering Scouters. A number of the parents apparently didn't object to this. The local Council (Des Plaines Valley Council) refused and refused to renew the charters. Most of the Scouts moved to other units. There are numerous sponsors such as the Unitarian Universalists, the Episcopal Church, etc., that sponsor units and object to the BSA's policy in this matter. And remember that about 45% of Scouts are registered to units sponsored by secular organizations, such as the VFW, American Legion, Odd Fellows, Elks, PTAs, public schools, etc., that either have no official ban on homosexuals or even have anti-discrimination policies that include them as a protected class.

Now, whether individual units of these organizations would actually register avowed homosexuals is another matter. Your child wouldn't actually have a gay Scoutmaster unless your unit decided to register one, and as a concerned parent you'd certainly find out about that if you wanted to.

17 posted on 06/02/2003 7:48:22 AM PDT by RonF
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To: RonF
Unfortunately, the risk is too great for me.

Scouting was removed from my 3 daughters activities a few years ago when the "gay" agenda began to be pushed by the GSA. I removed it from my son's potential activities last year.

My children are too important to me to allow them to be in the care of an organization that won't protect them from pedifiles and deviant lifestyles.
21 posted on 06/02/2003 7:56:48 AM PDT by RRWCC (Even under a good king, a subject is still a subject.)
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To: RonF
What has been found in practice is that there are people in some areas of the country who are perfectly fine with homosexuals as youth leaders, at least in the abstract

Unfortunately true.

It brings to mind the phrase, "a liberal is just a conservative who has never been mugged." Unfortunately, these people are sending their kids down the dark alley in front of them.

29 posted on 06/02/2003 9:36:46 AM PDT by LTCJ
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