To the Editor:
I believe diversity in the Boy Scouts of America will strengthen the organization.
Conversely, locking out Scout leaders, who happen to be gay or lesbian, could lead to BSA’s demise.
There was a time when fear and ignorance determined who could be a public school teacher in this nation, too.
However, history has shown that excellent educators, gay and straight alike, care about kids, are passionate about sharing what they know and believe our future depends upon bringing up a responsible citizenry who will be tomorrow’s strong, conscientious leaders.
How sad that the Boy Scouts are modeling discrimination, ignorance and fear, to those youth they claim to be wanting to nurture and lead by example.
There is nothing honorable about intolerance or exclusion based on unfounded opinions and stereotypes of people they don’t even know.
Let’s not forget that loving gay and lesbian parents also raise straight children.
How will the BSA handle that?
The sons can be Scouts, but their parents are not welcome or allowed to participate in any way?
What happens when gay Scouts grow up and volunteer to become Scout leaders, but are turned away by the very people who taught them the leadership skills they now wish share with the next generation of young Scouts?
What message are we sending our youth?
“We condone judging others, based on our personal comfort level and unfounded fears.
Not “Whites Only,” but “Straights Only”?
Sounds just as ugly to me.
Surely this is NOT the legacy that BSA wants to promote.
You would think, by now, that folks would know this line of thought and behavior is ridiculous and destructive.
How many more families, children and communities must suffer because some of us can’t see past the log in our own eye?