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Keep sexual orientation out of Scouting debate

I read the letter claiming the Boy Scouts of America is throwing out morals by permitting gays to enter. First and foremost, I am confused. Gay what? Kids? Leaders? What exactly?

While I deem myself a Christian, I disagree that homosexuality is a choice. It is something decided a long time ago not by us, but by our genetic makeup. If a boy can inherit his mother’s sensitivity and his father’s temperament, why not sexuality? The Scouts is not a place for anything sexual, it’s a boys organization that’s supposed to help boys become men and raise their self-esteem and confidence.

I am sick and tired of religious zealots telling me what is considered moral or not. They allow people who have divorced, adulterated, stolen, coveted and all that other jazz to be leaders, yet they have a problem with one’s sexual orientation, which has nothing to do with Scouting. What’s next? Requiring Scout leaders to be married and have kids before joining the ranks?

Another point lost on these folks: If you’re going to make reference to the Bible, let me point out my favorite lessons. Wasn’t it Jesus who said, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone” and “Why do you see the speck in your brother’s eye but not the plank in your own eye”? Don’t turn away a great leader full of ideas and creativity simply because of his sexual orientation.

Russell J. Fowler

Jamestown