Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Let Them Love

Why is giving people the right to love whomever they love such a huge issue?  I really don’t understand this.  It baffles me how government, organizations, and society tries to control how people feel yet still insist that we live in a free country.  It is discrimination, which is illegal.  Let's call a spade a spade.

What set me off today was while I was skimming the news, I discovered that the Boys Scouts of America are just now deciding to allow the individual Areas and Groups to determine if they would like to include non-heterosexual people to be part of Scouting.  Before this, youth would be excluded if they were not heterosexual.

Really?

These are kids!!!!

With everything that children need to deal with in society including, but not limited to, peer pressure, bullying, media impressions, and more…why in the world do we need to give them more fuel for hate?  Hasn’t any of the incidents we’ve seen in the past few years with violence erupting in our schools and people getting killed shown us that there is more than enough hate in this world?  Let the children love.  It doesn’t matter if they love girls or boys or both.

Perhaps the Boys Scouts of America need to take a look at their neighbors to the North.  Not only does Scouts Canada allow people to love whomever they want, it is part of the Bylaws, Policies, and Procedures (section 1003) that no one is to be excluded due to their sexual orientation.  It even goes so far as to advise adult volunteers how to handle situations where a youth may “come out” to them.  How to reassure youth that it’s ok to have those feelings and still be a scout.

I am so proud to be a part of Scouts Canada.

Take Care, D

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