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Homogenous, Diverse, and Inclusive

Randy DeVaul

Posted on May 19, 2018 17:49

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Why are groups who appear to be clearly discriminatory praised and valued while others are attacked for not accepting "everyone"? People come together when they have similar interests, beliefs, or values. Many groups demonstrate the real meaning of diversity and inclusivity. As an American, I can respect others with differing opinions or values; I neither have to join nor accept anyone into my inner circle with whom I have no connection or affinity.

I do not understand the controversy regarding people’s freedom to organize groups without having to fight for their freedom as to who joins. Why would any organization or group fall under attack from others because someone who doesn’t “fit” the group’s profile is not accepted into that group? Anyone wanting to create or form a group of like-minded people has the freedom to do so without destroying the groups who aren’t like-minded.

The fact that the boy scouts must now accept girls is stupid. The fact that we must allow perverts the ability to use opposite-sex bathrooms or locker rooms is stupid. The fact that people who believe in the US Constitution giving rights to its citizens are expected to blindly grant those rights to non-citizens is stupid. To think that a country without borders somehow is more compassionate than having people follow the rule of law is stupid. To think that the average American must accept that cities can break US law and give sanctuary to thugs, thieves, and murderers, and do so without any consequence is stupid.

Diversity and equality have some how been mixed up. The reason people form groups is to have similar or homogenous people come together for a common reason, cause, or need. This could be color, age, social status, or simply similar values or interests, such as a pilots, photographers, golfers, and others. Within that homogenous group is diversity. A group can be diverse with its members while still attracting people of similar interests or values.

The purpose of forming such groups is to celebrate what people have in common. In some respects, one can say these groups discriminate, and rightfully so. A church is diverse in its membership but to be a member, one should have the same value or belief system as the other members. It is stupid for someone to think an Atheist would want to join a church and even more stupid to think that church would accept any person that does not have a similar belief or align with that church’s beliefs.

AARP requires people to be age 55. Should I sue AARP because it won’t allow my 21- year-old to join? It is diverse, because It is inclusive because anyone within that age group can join. It is diverse because anyone that meets the age requirements can join, regardless of age, sex, beliefs.

Diversity means boy scouts can exist for boys of any race, color, or background. It does not mean it must accept girls nor prevent girls from having girl scouts. It is inclusive because boys within the age group who want to identify with that group are included and welcome. It discriminates only because that person must be a boy to belong. To suggest boy scouts must accept girls is, to stay on theme, stupid.

Americans are free to assemble and join with other like-minded people. If that’s not you, form your own, but leave the rest alone!

Randy DeVaul

Posted on May 19, 2018 17:49

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