Objections voiced about Mosely’s and Criss’s views
Both Arvin Mosely’s letter on July 14 and Leslie Criss’ article on July 24 were disturbing to me. As a Democrat who became a Republican and as a Bible-believing Christian and active member of Harrisburg Baptist Church, I feel compelled to respond.
I can remember the Democratic programs designed to offset the effects of the Depression that began in 1929, shortly before my birth and continued, at least in our home, until the early 1940s. Dad worked in the WPA, formally named “Works Progess Administration” and informally called the “We Piddle Around” program. There was also the CCC, Civilian Conservation Corps, for young men. Both required one’s daily presence at a variety of job sites as opposed to the current “We Piddle Around” in the home, on the streets or somewhere else and are penalized if they work at a job, while drawing a check for doing nothing.
Both writers seem to believe in “Political Correctness” versus biblical truths. Both marriage and sexual orientation are clearly defined in the Bible and the history of fallen nations provides a record of the consequences of substituting man’s standards for God’s.
Criss’ article did not quote a source for openly gay Scouts. The long-held standard is abiding to moral standards, which for that age group is abstinence. It is impossible for one to determine one’s sexual orientation without actual experience.
There may be mental and emotional interest, but some uncertainty until the actual experience. The emotional impact of those youth who experienced sexual acts through some degree of pressure is well documented.
The test cases such as application for marriage licenses for same-sex partners will eventually lead to court cases. A sexually oriented gay Scout would be similar to a male sex offender in a nudist colony, an alcoholic in an unattended liquor store, a prescription drug addict in an unattended pharmacy. The temptation would be too strong for one to resist. The possibility of legal action against Scout leaders as agents of Harrisburg Church, and the theological foundations of our church, made it impossible for our membership to maintain an association with these new standards.