I became a square dancer in 1993. Back then I proudly served my club as an MCASD delegate and was impressed by the trustworthy, moral people I had becomeMessage 1 of 1 , Sep 26, 2007View Source
I became a square dancer in 1993. Back then I proudly served my club as an MCASD delegate and was impressed by the trustworthy, moral people I had become associated with. After dropping out of the activity for approximately seven years I chose to come back last fall to meet and get reacquainted with that same wonderful group of people I knew as square dancers. Unfortunately this time coming back I am very appalled at the things I see and hear happening. MCASD instead of promoting the fun of square dancing seems to be on some sort of witch hunt against a particular caller in the Chicago land area due to an issue in his PAST.
Although I have not been privy, I understand MCASD has been sending out some very disturbing letters and e-mails to all clubs, delegates and other square dancers in the Chicago area. Before striking fear in all Chicago area square dancers did anyone ever contact this caller and ask him his story? In my opinion, all of you raging this scandal against him, have nothing to fear but your own ignorance and lack of knowledge of the facts. Society has put ugly thoughts into your mind and although I'm not condoning anything, I feel everyone should be given their chance. The Eighth Commandment states "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not deceitfully belie, betray, slander, nor defame our neighbor, but defend him, speak well of him, and put the best construction on everything."
Is that really how the MCASD has handled this issue?
MCASD in my opinion is not alone in handling things poorly. I belong to the club this caller has been associated with for the last three to four years, and am embarrassed and saddened by the way they have handled matters. He has taught their lessons, called at their dances and demos and has tried to help the club out anyway he can. All without incident. Unfortunately the MCASD threats of being held personably liable and not having insurance for their club have left them in fear and therefore they have chosen to sever all ties with him. I ask you: What do you really think would happen at a dance to cause such fear?
What's next? Do we run backround checks on all callers, cuers, dancers and students to see what secrets lie in their past.
I hope others out there feel as I do and will embrace and rally around this caller to support him.
After all isn't the square dance motto
"Friendship set to music"