Abraham Lincoln once said, “In this age, in this country, public sentiment is everything. With it, nothing can fail; against it, nothing can succeed. Whoever molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes, or pronounces judicial decisions.” President Lincoln demonstrated great foresight in this statement. The overall attitude of the public is more important than the statues and laws that govern the public.
The Boy Scouts of America has recently demonstrated many discriminatory injunctions against the rights of homosexuals. They have deemed it necessary to ban homosexuals from becoming leaders and members of their private organization. Leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have declared that homosexuals are incapable of living up to the Scout code of being morally straight and clean, thus revoking their right to be apart of their organization. The United States government has maintained the Boy Scouts decision by granting them the right to ban homosexuals from participating in their organization in the Supreme Court ruling Boy Scouts of America v. James Dale in 2000.
Due to these discriminatory policies, Widget International has recently revoked all charitable contributions originally allocated to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Area Boy Scouts’ chapters. Public response to this action caused uproar among conservative groups such as a “Christian” radio station in Orange County along with the National Family Council of America and certain congresspersons, parents, and the Republican State Party organization. This group, opposed to the cut in contributions put together a letter campaign and boycott against WI. Because of the financial stability of our company, the possibility of WI facing any economic consequences is very minute. This matter is not of economic constraint but that of moral and ethical implications. As a sitting member on the board of directors for Widget International I hereby extend my proposal to eliminate charitable contributions to the Boy Scouts of America in order to promote tolerance of all sexual orientations and protect our company’s good name by separating ourselves from an organization with such demeaning and discriminatory values.
This proposal of terminating relations with the Boy Scouts of America not only protects our company’s reputation and credibility but also is a demonstration to society that homosexuals should have the same rights and privileges as heterosexuals. If funding is recommenced, WI will be supporting the Boy Scouts values that homosexuals are not equal and are not “morally straight” and “clean.” Supporting such a group would be detrimental to our company’s ethics in that we would be direct contributors to the education and administrating of anti-gay beliefs among our nations youth.
Many studies have found that homosexuality is not a choice and is predetermined either by heredity or some other kind of genetic relationship. Although researchers are still not completely certain that there is such thing as a “gay gene” or any relation to homosexuality and genetics. “A study conducted at the University of Texas has found that the brains of gay men respond differently to auditory stimuli than the brains of heterosexual men. The Study published in the Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, found that the brain waves of gay subjects differed the size and timing from the waves of heterosexuals when presented with certain sounds” (Neu, p.7). Even though we might not know exactly what makes someone homosexual or heterosexual, there is evidence that their brains respond in different ways that are not related to sexual orientation. This helps prove that there are underlying differences between in the genetic makeup of straight and gay individuals. It is fairly clear that homosexuality not a choice, especially taking into the consideration the ridicule and discrimination that homosexuals are exposed to in our society. “Some homosexuals feel that...
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