To Play a Part in the Lauding of, the Support of, or the Association with Any Institution that Overtly Discriminates Against a Group of People Is In Fact and Deed to Participate in the Discrimination Itself
What I am blogging about here today is a little dialogue that I had with the Democratic State Representative, Kate Hogan, 3rd Middlesex District, over her Facebook post about attending a ceremony for two young men who are to become Eagle Scouts. My pointing out to Rep. Hogan that the Boy Scouts of America continues to discriminate against gays earned me being "blocked" from her site and a quite nasty little private message sent by the Representative herself: "Tom, I dont know why you feel that you can say anything you want to me on my public facebook page. It is shocking to me."
Shocking? What is "shocking" is that out lesbian, Kate Hogan, would not avoid the Boy Scout event but instead used it publicly to further her career. What is also shocking is that I, a former contributor to the Representative's campaign, would be blocked for pointing out that the BSA discriminates against gays. I wonder if Rep. Kate Hogan is aware that the Boy Scouts will not allow any gays to be scouts and that it has even taken away Eagle Scout commendations once it learned a scout was gay. I wonder if Rep. Kate Hogan is aware that the Boy Scouts of America fought all the way to the Supreme Court (and won) for its right to discriminate against gays. I wonder if Rep. Kate Hogan is aware that the Boy Scouts of America refuses to allow any gay adults to serve as troop leaders and brought that before the Supreme Court also (and won). I wonder if Out Lesbian, Massachusetts State Rep. Kate Hogan is aware that the Boy Scouts of America banned a married lesbian couple from Vermont from volunteering in their 10 year old son's Cub Scout Troop activities with other moms. I wonder if Out Lesbian, Massachusetts State Rep. and Democrat, Kate Hogan, is aware that on the Congressional level, her fellow Democrats, Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) just last year sent a letter to the Boy Scouts of America demanding that it END its discrimination against gays.
Oh, I think that Representative Kate Hogan does know of all these horrific accounts of how the Boy Scouts of America discriminates against our (and her) community. That is why she so quickly blocked me from her Facebook page and took the conversation "private." I suggest that Rep. Kate Hogan, understands all too well that she is actively participating in this discrimination when she attends this type of event. Which would make Representative Kate Hogan, Democrat MA 3rd Middlesex, a self-serving coward. And is that really all that "shocking?"
Tom Lang, Director
Call Rep. Hogan
REPRESENTATIVE KATE HOGAN
State House Room 544
Boston, MA, 02133
E-mail Rep Kate Hogan