I’ve known straight Scouts.
I’ve known gay Scouts.
I’ve known good and bad examples of both gay and straight Scouts, I think. Their sexual orientation had nothing to do with their failure or success.
But I was never a Scout.
So, I want to ask Scouts a question: which of the 12 Core Value is most important?
Citizenship, compassion, cooperation, courage, faith, health and fitness (inexplicably one value), honesty, perseverance, positive attitude, resourcefulness, respect, or responsibility?
I want to know because I’m trying to understand what the ruckus over gay Scouts and Scout leaders is.
Because, as far as I can tell, encouraging Scouts to stay in the closet through barring and banning threats violates courage, honesty, respect, and responsibility on the Scout’s part, and compassion and cooperation on the establishment’s part.
So I’m trying to figure out how this was ever an issue. It seems like an honest Scout is the best Scout.
And I’m trying to figure out how they can allow openly gay Scouts, but not openly gay Scout leaders. Are leaders not expected to uphold these values as well? If they are to teach and model them, I don’t see how it can be otherwise.
I’m just really at a loss as to how this is an issue. And I’m also at a loss as to how churches are now banning the Scouts over their half-hearted policy change.
Do these churches imagine that everyone in their doors are straight? If so, they are delusional.
Are they imagining that Jesus would not have dined in the houses of the Boy Scouts because they now allow gay Scouts (but not, for some unknown reason–that I can only imagine has to do with some unscientific and failed belief in sexuality and sexual practice–gay leaders)? If so, they are not only delusional but also illiterate.
Read the Gospels.
Because just as much as I want to ask the Scouts which of the 12 Core Values is most important, I want to ask those churches now threatening to deny Scouts a home which of Jesus’ teachings are most important. The one on love? Peace? Blessing? Self-sacrifice? Compassion?
Or the (non-existent) one on sexual orientation?
I would like to know.
Because my understanding of honesty means being honest with yourself and others, which includes an understanding of your sexuality. Some might say it’s a personal responsibility thing to be honest about your sexuality. Some might say it’s a courageous thing. Some might say such an admittance to yourself and the world takes the conscious decision to cooperate with your sexual orientation rather than deny it to the detriment of your sanity, your health, and your relationships, and shows perseverance to do so in the face of discrimination. Some might say it takes resourcefulness to pull up the necessary faith in yourself and your abilities to be so honest. Some might claim it takes respect for yourself and a positive attitude to approach the subject with such openness. And such openness is indicative of a compassionate nature, and let’s be clear, honest citizens are the best citizens.
In my estimation, it seems honesty might be the key to upholding the 12 Core Values.
So, enlighten this reluctant Christian, made that much more reluctant because we’re represented on front-page headlines by these sorts of squabbles and these mind-boggling banning policies: why is this an issue?