Boy Scout Ban of Gay Leaders Lifted (2015)

Boy Scout Ban of Gay Leaders Lifted (2015)

On Monday, July 27th, 2015, the Boy Scouts of America lifted a ban that prevented gay men from being Scout leaders. This victory came a month after same-sex marriage was legalized across the United States. However, the lift of the ban left many unhappy. From comments on news articles to posts on social media, those who opposed this event made sure they were heard.

Many of their arguments, however, do not appear to make any sort of sense. One common argument is that gay leaders will force their sexuality on their scouts. However, by preventing gay men to be scout leaders, they are pushing heterosexuality as the only acceptable sexuality out there, which is certainly not the case. Because these young boys are not exposed to something other than heterosexuality, they will bully those who are anything different, which goes against what the Boy Scouts represent. The Boy Scouts teach diversity and acceptance. No one is forcing their sexuality on anyone.

Another common belief is that gay Scout leaders will want to have sex with their Scouts.  This is not the case. Homosexuality does not equal pedophilia. Statistically, more heterosexual men have been pedophiles than those who are homosexual. Pedophiles can be of any sexuality. Just like straight people do not desire to have sex with every child of the opposite gender, gay Scout leaders will not feel the need to have sex with the boys they are leading. Will there be exceptions? Probably, but that is a risk that goes with every sexuality and is not limited to homosexuality.

It has also been argued that the young boys need to have a masculine influence over their lives, and that allowing gay leaders will deprive them of this. As was mentioned before, it is important for the Scouts to be exposed to diversity. Making a statement that implies that all gay men are feminine is false and prejudicial. The men who may appear to be feminine are still men!

Someday, the world will be a place where everyone can be loved and accepted for who they are, not hated for who they love. This victory is a step towards this world.

Freedom to Marry a Victory

Freedom to Marry a Victory

On June 27, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that laws banning same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, forcing states to allow these couples to get marriage licenses. While this sounds good to most people, there are some who, in many cases disrespectfully, disagree with this ruling. This ruling, however, goes along with what our nation believes in, and it is a great step forward for freedom and equality for all, no exceptions.

Many people oppose this ruling on the premise that it is against the Bible. However, our country has no set religion. We are a nation that takes pride in the separation of church and state. Not everyone in our nation is a Christian, so those who do not believe in Christianity do not need to focus on what the Bible teaches, just as Christians do not follow, say, the Quran.

As someone who is a Christian, however, I disagree with the premise that the Bible preaches against homosexuality. It comes down to looking at the historical context of what the practice of homosexuality was back in the day. Back in the times that the Bible was written, there was no identification of being straight, gay, etc., so men would marry wives, but then have sexual relations with other men, which is where the “problem” is. Today’s definition, and the definition upheld by the Supreme Court, is a man loving a man or a woman loving a woman, in the same way that is “typically” thought of a woman loving a man and a man loving a woman.

There are also arguments pertaining to the institution of marriage being solely for the purpose of having children. However, there are married couples who are unable to have children due to issues such as infertility. Many couples choose to adopt for a bounty of reasons, which is a good thing because there are so many children who deserve a permanent family who are in orphanages or in the foster care system.  Are parents who choose to adopt as opposed to having children with their own bodies sinful for this? Of course not! The same thing goes for same-sex marriage.

There are other arguments against same-sex marriage, but these seem to be the most prominent ones (at least from what I have seen). Same-sex marriage has been legalized, but it by no means that everybody is being forced to get one. It just means that those who are homosexual now have the freedom to marry who they wish that heterosexual people have. After all, that is what our nation is founded on: freedom for all, no matter what.

Friday, November 11: Day 3 of Protests Comes to Temple

A large group of people met at the bell tower around 2 pm to begin a peaceful protest.  Their main goal was to join together in a fight for peace, love, and equality for all. Participants carried various signs, including signs that said “My life matters” and “Love Trumps Hate.” The group grew more and more excited as smaller groups of people filed in.

The protest was meant to be a peaceful one, but the organizer said they would stand together if violence struck. He also instructed the participants to stay on the sidewalks to avoid getting in trouble for blocking traffic. This has been an issue over the past couple of nights of protests.

The participants could be heard chanting  phrases such as “My life matters” and singing songs that mean something to them and the protest. The marchers had an opportunity to share songs that were relevant.

 

My 2029-Mile Journey: Update 39

I have logged 1330 miles! I have a little over 2 months and 699 miles to go! I believe that I’ll get it. I have been doing Alex’s Million Mile in conjunction to this, and I am getting close to my goal. I have gone over 115 miles for that, and that’s for September alone so far!

As always, if you’d like to donate to Mercury Phoenix Trust and  my fundraising efforts to help end HIV/AIDS globally, visit my fundraising page here: https://www.justgiving.com/Ashley-Paskill/.

How to Radically Change the World

So many people ave a desire to make a difference in the world, but aren’t sure how. With life being busy, it can be hard to find time to do something drastic. People do not want to spend a lot of money helping others since they are struggling to get by. Good news: you don’t have to do anything huge to have a huge impact.

-Smile at someone. Many reports have acknowledged that simply smiling at someone helps them feel like someone was paying attention to them, which lifted their mood. Some people have even been lifted out of a place of wanting to commit suicide because just a smile from a stranger made them feel like someone cared. Smiles are free and take minimal effort.

-Say “Yes” to donating money at checkout. Many stores have drives to raise money for charity. Some may ask for $1, $3, or $5 while others ask if you want to round your change up to the next dollar amount, with the change going to charity. It may not seem like much, but if every person who went to the store during the fundraising drive donated, a huge impact would be made.

-Use rewards points to make a difference. Rewards websites and credit cards allow users to donate points to various charities. Whether you like supporting our troops or protecting the environment, these programs have something for everyone! This is an easy way to make a difference doing what you already do. It may seem small, but every little bit makes a difference.

-If you shop on Amazon, shop through Amazon Smile. If you shop a lot on Amazon, using Amazon Smile can make a difference for a cause of your choice. A percentage of each qualifying purchase is donated to a charity that you choose upon entering the site. Amazon Smile remembers your charity, so it will allow you to raise money for your chosen charity until you decide to change it.

-Use Goodsearch as your search engine. If you are constantly looking up information online, Goodsearch is a great way to do that while earning money for a charity that you choose. After signing in/creating an account and choosing a charity, each search you do (with some exclusions) earns a penny. It may not seem like much, but it adds up the more you use it. It even keeps track of how much you earn!

Prompt: Radical