There is no debate, my response to your demeaning choice of word does says something about my religious beliefs and something I can’t change. Homophobic is a derogatory trigger word that says no tolerance of homosexual behavior. Many religions believe homosexuality to be immoral. Members of those religions have no choice no matter how they feel about it. I can see that offends you, but I’m sure even your religion teaches a behavior of tolerance.
That you can’t think of a better choices of words exposes your anger and bias. Sore winner?
Ive learned over years that more often than not choosing silence makes a more powerful statement and reflects maturity.
No, Barry, it’s just accurate. Policies that ban and exclude people based on their sexual orientation are homophobic. It doesn’t have to be religiously motivated. If you interpret the word “homophobic” to be anti-religious, well, that says more about your religious preferences than anything.
My religion and the faiths of many people I know and work with practices inclusion, not exclusion. You and your faith are not affected by the BSA’s LGBT-inclusive policies in any way, shape or form.
I have no idea what other, better words I could have used to describe the antiquated BSA policies that barred gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth and leaders from joining and serving. What would you have chosen?
But I don’t mean to start an I&P debate. That fight is over, and in my opinion, the right side won. It will take a while for the BSA to rise past the old and misguided policies of years past in the public’s mind. Right now, both sides distrust the organization. But I believe that those changes and opening the program to girls is a change absolutely for the better.
Thanks to @FireStone for that great defense of optimism. I’m also extremely enthusiastic for the future of Scouting. My daughter, who’s turning 14 this summer, will have the choice of Venturing or Scouts. She’ll have the choice to join the OA, if selected. She’ll have the choice to pursue Eagle, if interested. Put simply, she’ll have the choice to join the best youth outdoor program in the country. And I can’t help but be all in for that.
I’m not knowledgeable enough to opine on the issues of membership declines, council mergers, or Summit debt. I do know that my family will become a whole-hearted supporter of Scouting precisely because of the changes over the last five years. If I was good enough for the BSA, then my daughter is as well. That is a positive affirmation that will speak to many families. And that, to me, is what family Scouting is about.
I really don’t think we’re going to see a cultural change within Scouts BSA to bring parents and younger siblings along. I think we will see an expanded adult leader base from the parents of new female Scouts, and to a lesser extent from younger parents who were opposed to the homophobic policies of the past.
This new generation of Scouts is going to be great and put us older folks to shame. I can’t wait.
P.S. On uniforms? I grew up wearing ODL and hated it. The more functional the uniform gets, including full neckers, the better.