Speaking from many years of involvement, this is an interesting story:
When even the U.S. military is soon to accept gays, the scouts’ policy is out of step with mainstream sentiment on wrongful discrimination.
As long as the scouts’ official policy is to bar homosexuals, the city has no choice but to continue to try to cut all ties. Indeed, U.S. District Judge Ronald Buckwalter urged the scouts and city to reach a deal.
The scouts’ primary incentive should be to put this controversy behind them and get on with the good work of providing mentoring and educational programs for thousands of area youths.
A dinner conversation this past weekend with a freckled red head and my family brought this up. I see it that gay men/women have two strikes against them in many cases as opposed to heterosexuals when it comes to reasons as to why they shouldn’t be given a leadership position with the same sex. The no brainer is that gay individuals by their preference are attracted to those they are overseeing. But they have criminals and wrong-doers before them to blame for reasons why some see them as not “trustable”. Heterosexuals, on the other hand, have only one strike against them: criminal and wrong-doers before them.
A University of California – Davis study has me sifting through some interesting numbers. It is worth a full read beyond my excerpts.
The number of Americans who believe the myth that gay people are child molesters has declined substantially.
In a 1970 national survey, more than 70% of respondents agreed with the assertions that “Homosexuals are dangerous as teachers or youth leaders because they try to get sexually involved with children” or that “Homosexuals try to play sexually with children if they cannot get an adult partner.”
By contrast, in a 1999 national poll, the belief that most gay men are likely to molest or abuse children was endorsed by only 19% of heterosexual men and 10% of heterosexual women. Even fewer – 9% of men and 6% of women – regarded most lesbians as child molesters.
One problem is that none of the studies in this area have obtained data from a probability sample, that is, a sample that can be assumed to be representative of the population of all child molesters. Rather, most research has been conducted only with convicted perpetrators or with pedophiles who sought professional help. Consequently, they may not accurately describe child molesters who have never been caught or have not sought treatment.
As we continued on, we dove into the understanding of heterosexual’s as more commonly the ones who are child molesters/pedophiles:
For the present discussion, the important point is that many child molesters cannot be meaningfully described as homosexuals, heterosexuals, or bisexuals (in the usual sense of those terms) because they are not really capable of a relationship with an adult man or woman. Instead of gender, their sexual attractions are based primarily on age. These individuals – who are often characterized as fixated – are attracted to children, not to men or women.
Using the fixated-regressed distinction, Groth and Birnbaum (1978) studied 175 adult males who were convicted in Massachusetts of sexual assault against a child. None of the men had an exclusively homosexual adult sexual orientation. 83 (47%) were classified as “fixated;” 70 others (40%) were classified as regressed adult heterosexuals; the remaining 22 (13%) were classified as regressed adult bisexuals. Of the last group, Groth and Birnbaum observed that “in their adult relationships they engaged in sex on occasion with men as well as with women. However, in no case did this attraction to men exceed their preference for women….There were no men who were primarily sexually attracted to other adult males…”
Science cannot prove a negative. Thus, these studies do not prove that homosexual or bisexual males are no more likely than heterosexual males to molest children. However, each of them failed to prove the alternative hypothesis that homosexual males are more likely than heterosexual men to molest children or to be sexually attracted to children or adolescents.
What this all should stand for is a fair and open approach to thinking over this and other related issues. How many of our decisions or inner-dialogues (think of a film reel constantly replaying) of life are based on unrealistic and or hurtful conclusions?