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Robert Ariail

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  1. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago

    Predatory homosexual adults, often living heterosexual lifestyles, have been the biggest threat to young boys in scouting. Since ANY sexual promiscuity is frowned upon on scouts under the age of 18, this rule permits two things… 1- It allows an openly gay adult to be a scout leader and/or adult volunteer at events, and 2- it allows a boy who believes he’ll be homosexual upon becoming sexually active to not fear discrimination or abuse.
    It does not permit sexual contact between adults and scouts or between scouts and scouts. If I recall, there were instances where boy and girl scouts were caught in trysts back in the 60’s and 70’s and were removed from their scouting groups for simply breaking the rules of the camping events and violating the trusts of the adults running the activities.
    These new rules actually protect boys from predators. Now the stigma is not on the boy for being gay, but on the adult who assaults them and then threatens what might happen if people find out what the boy and the adult did.
    There are very few groups where young people who want to learn the myriad things scouting offers can go to do so. It takes amazing adult volunteers, supportive parents, and children who feel safe and respected to produce the Eagle Scouts that have done so much for their communities across this nation, and the young adults they become. If the grow up believing int he boy scout oath, they may even become honorable and ethical citizens, no matter what their sexual persuasion may be.

  2. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 3 years ago

    Slippery slope. Next sheep and horses will want to join the Scouts.

  3. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago

    The United Negro College Fund is racist? Gosh, you have the weirdest understanding of racism I’ve ever come across.

  4. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    “Why do gays want to be in the boy scouts?”

    Good question? Why would kids who may already feel different or out of place want to try to join the same organization as “normal” kids? Why wouldn’t they want to do something to further the fillings of social alienation and not belonging?

  5. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Ah, those terrible gays destroying scouting (The British lord who started the ’scout movement", was homosexual., and golly, gays in the military will ruin it, jus ask the Spartans!

    Gays are what? 5-10% of the population and are a minority that shouldn’t have excess power? What about Jews and AIPAC that represent less than 2% of the population, shouldn’t we just abandon that whole “Israel issue”??

    Pedophiles SHOULD be prosecuted if they violate the laws. Isn’t it interesting that folks WATCHING “kiddie porn” on the web receive long prison sentences, and are tracked down all the time for federal offenses for just watching, but those who MAKE that porn are rarely pursued, let alone prosecuted?? (And if they ARE caught, typically get much shorter sentences than the folks just downloading their stuff!)

    No, there are more serious things to consider than membership in “scouting”.

  6. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago

    If you need this explained, you probably won’t understand the explanation.

  7. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 3 years ago

    Maybe because when you join the cub scouts you don’t know if you’re gay or not? It’s only when they block you earning your Eagle Scout badge because you are different? As for “getting their own club,” why don’t black people just get their own drinking fountains and swimming pools? Because only bigots care, and such anti-American sentiment should be quashed everywhere it raises its vile head, whether racist or homophobic.

  8. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago

    So there’s a group of people whose ancestors were slaves for a couple hundred years; and after they were emancipated they were massively discriminated against; many of them were never allowed to get much of an education; and even if they were qualified, they weren’t accepted at most colleges run by the majority group; and that’s not the worst of it — a lot of them were killed when they got uppity. And this group of people decides that they want to improve their lives; and as part of that effort they set up a fund to help their young people go to college; and gradually things have been getting better, but they are still underrepresented in higher education; and this group of people you’re accusing of racism?

  9. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago


    At the risk of preaching to the choir, the history of this country is a cycle of discrimination. The generally protestant British who initially drove away native populations, owned blacks, and generally discouraged Catholics from participating in the new world. Only one Catholic signed the Declaration of Independence. Unless one is of British, Dutch, or German heritage with Protestant leanings, it is likely you will find a time in American history when your ancestors suffered from being ‘outcasts’.
    It is sad that those who would benefit most from reading history often don’t trust anything that their own heuristic experience has ‘taught’ them.
    Or as a person once told me, “Don’t show me the proof, I know what I know.”
    Always good to see your posts Lonecat. You almost always keep the tone high and the debate focused.

  10. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    Thanks. I always read your posts with interest. Let’s all try to keep the conversation civil.

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