When it comes to accidents while driving, in my opinion there is nothing worse than a cowardly hit-and-run driver. They are the lowest form of slime, to leave a person lying in the street hurt, while they speed off for fear of their reputation being tarnished, or having their license taken way, or even just being 'grounded'. Wait, there is one lower form; a hit-and-run driver who has hit a child. To me they are on the same level as a pedophile. They could possibly have taken that child's life and then left like it was nothing!
That's why, when I see that someone has been hit by a car and the driver stayed, I think that should carry a lot of weight when it comes time for that person to go to court. Not that they should go free or anything, after all, they only did what they were supposed to do in case of an accident. However there are so many who don't that I think it makes those who do just a bit more special.
This is why I find this story so difficult to understand. Even if it was a hate crime, done because of his race, accidents happen! The man was willing to stop his vehicle and get out to try to help the boy (who as it turns out wasn't even seriously hurt!) and was apologizing, so what was the reason for this?? Stupidity, in my book. Blind hate of a man because he had dared to accidentally sideswipe a child who ran out into the street while playing, straight into the path of the man's vehicle. Stupid.
Here's a video on the arrest:
Posted April 5, 2014 on Newsy.com
And here's the USA today story from April 3, 2014 on the accident and the beating.
If you want to donate to the fund to help the driver, Steve Utash, with his medical bills (he has no insurance) there's a GoFundMe page for that purpose.
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This article really hurt me. With all the advancements we have seen in the last few years to have something like this now occur really makes no sense.... No one stopped him from starting the troop, and since he had been a Boy Scout before there was no way they didn't know that he was gay when he applied for permission. Someone knew. He started the troop with the full permission of the church, the parents and the boys themselves, yet BSA assumed they knew better than everyone else what was good for the Boy Scouts, and kicked him out. Did no one think about the effect this might have on the children? They believe that the boys in the troop are all straight, but how do they know that for sure? One of those boys might have been getting up the courage to admit he's gay because of having a gay man he can go to; what is he to do now? I just don't believe the so-called 'Moral Majority' thinks before they act... Or perhaps they do think, but only about themselves. What do you think?
Geoff McGrath, 49, Seattle, Washington
By Miranda Leitsinger
SEATTLE—The Boy Scouts of America on Monday banned an openly gay Scoutmaster from the organization, saying its national policy barred gay adults from membership.
Geoff McGrath, 49, leader of Troop 98 in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood, is believed to be the first gay adult to be booted from the Boy Scouts of America since it held a controversial ballot last May allowing gay youth—but not adults—to participate in one of the country’s most popular youth organizations. The Scouts had severed ties with gay adults in previous years, before the vote to admit gay youth, but McGrath, an Eagle Scout, had been hoping for a different response in this new era of Scouting.
“It’s extremely disappointing to not be fully supported and defended in my membership,” McGrath told NBC News. “They are complaining that the problem [his status as an openly gay man] is a distraction to Scouting and they don’t seem to understand that the distraction is self-inflicted.”
The BSA confirmed that the organization has “revoked” McGrath’s membership.
“Our policy is that we do not ask people about their sexual orientation, and it’s not an issue until they deliberately inject it into Scouting in an inappropriate fashion,” BSA spokesman Deron Smith said in an email. Until NBC’s inquiry, “he [McGrath] hadn’t deliberately injected it into Scouting in an inappropriate fashion,” he wrote.
“We spoke with Mr. McGrath today and based on the information he provided, the National Council has revoked his registration,” Smith added.
Until Monday, McGrath believed himself to be the only openly gay Scoutmaster in the nation, having won approval last fall to run a troop despite the organization's ban against gay adults. McGrath said he didn't hide his sexual orientation from Scouting leaders, but Seattle’s top BSA official told NBC News that she never knew he was gay.
McGrath said starting the unit was not a publicity stunt but a bid to serve youth and rejoin the contentious discussion around gay and lesbian adult membership.
“If you don’t participate, you're not part of the conversation,” McGrath, a 49-year-old software engineer, said in an exclusive interview. “Yelling from the outside is not conversing. So we're on the inside doing good work. Talking about the gay and lesbian issue is not the biggest part of what we do—it's the smallest part.”
In recent years, the Scouts have wrestled with the question of whether or not to allow gays into its ranks. The controversy came to a head last year after the Boy Scouts' National Council voted to allow gay youth as of Jan. 1 but not adults, a decision that left people on both sides of the debate feeling shortchanged.
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