Chances are if you grew up as a Seventh-day Adventist you were never a Boy Scout or a Girl Scout. But that doesn't mean you can't tie a bowline or start a fire without matches with the best of 'em. Why? Because Seventh-day Adventists created their own organization to train children in the art of camping, marching in formation and making arts and crafts and they called... the Pathfinders.
Several images likely pop into your mind when you think about Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts: hiking, camping out in the woods and boxes of Thin Mints and those soft shortbread cookies. But there's more to scouting than friendship and food. Your son or daughter can walk away with a series of skills, including a general understanding of finance and money management.
If as a society, we accept homosexuality, then naturally, we must afford all individuals with equal rights and privileges, regardless if they freely choose a gay lifestyle or if they are compelled by genetic disposition. So why do we continue to avoid answering the fundamental question in favor of the question of genetics?
The idea that the majority is under attack is reinforcing to anyone who stands on the brink of losing unearned privileges they have long taken for granted. It hurts to be taken down a peg, to discover you're no better, no more deserving, than anyone else. Better to lash out, mobilize the masses. Misdirect them at an imagined enemy. Anything to maintain that privilege.
Robert Gates is not to blame that the ban on homosexual adult leaders was not addressed years sooner, but he must answer for the current plan that seeks to devolve anti-LGBT discrimination to all of those faith-based chartered organizations that might prefer to exclude LGBT parents. This is wrong and divisive.