The homo-mania now being experienced in
being highly criticized in this pre-Olympic era by most nations, including the . The uncomfortable truth that we wish to
ignore, is that institutionalized homophobia is still accepted here at
home. United States
The Boy Scouts of America are a perfect example. Only recently have they agreed to admit gay boys into the Scouts on a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell” basis. Gay men are still restricted from being Scout Masters or participating with their children.
This is one of those fact is stranger than fiction stories. General Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts, had his own questionable peculiarities. Though finally married at age fifty-five, Powell was known for his hostility toward women and his derogatory statements about the female figure. He publicly declared,” A clean young man in his prime of health and strength is the finest creature God had made in the world.” Powell was known to have a passionate friendship with his aide Kenneth McLaren who he called “the boy.’ His favorite pass time seems to be watching and photographing his young scouts swimming naked.
On the record, I think that the Scouts are a fantastic organization for kids; but, when Scouting attempts to instill religious inspired bigotry as part of its program it takes on a whole new perspective.
Why the hell should you or I or the government or any organization have the legal right to discriminate on the basis of what consenting adults do in the privacy of their relationship? A person’s self image – and especially a child’s - is fragile. The very discussion of whether a person is gay should be considered social discrimination and an intrusion into a person’s right to privacy.