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Scouts should stand for morality



Published: Fri, May 10, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Scouts should stand for morality

This letter is in response to your April 29 articles concerning the Boy Scouts of America and homosexuals.

Since the new normal does not recognize the values spoken of by Tony Perkins, such as moral character, honor, and belief in the Creator (God), the demise of the Boy Scouts is assured.

The first article argues that the Boy Scouts should “defend long-held convictions,” the other contends that the Boy Scouts “should embrace all.” Does “embrace all” mean that the Boy Scouts must embrace any and all manner of deviant behavior? Is the precious right to hold convictions about morality another freedom being eroded by the god of diversity?

The writer who “embraces all” tries to make her case against the Boy Scouts by citing the bad publicity garnered through the uncovering of sexual abuse by certain leaders. Since these Scout Leaders were attracted to young boys, we can assume they were homosexuals. The real argument here is not about excluding certain individuals, but excluding certain behaviors.

We are constantly assured that the majority of homosexual men are not pedophiles. However, there is always the danger of a fatal attraction to a young boy and the possibility of sexual abuse.

The good thing about homosexual individuals’ declaring their sexual orientation is that it gives parents and the Boy Scouts of America the opportunity to make informed choices.

Sue Vitale, Youngstown

Not a fan of Jason Collins

In reference to the article in the sports on April 30 about Jason Collins, a reader would have thought the Lord himself had come down from heaven, all because Jason came out of the closet. So what!

Jason, I’m sorry you felt you had to carry this being gay on your heart for so long, but don’t tell me people didn’t already know. As a Christian, I can 100 percent assure you that God knew. He still loves you and so do I. I have prayed about this and have decided to come out of the closet too. “My name is Joan, I am a 74-year-old Mom. I am white and I am straight.”

I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but, yes the truth will help set you free. But God will truly set you free. Believe in Him and read Matt. 19:26.

I am glad that Jason’s coming out of the closet made him feel better, as did my writing this letter.

Joan Farmer, Columbiana


Comments

1dawn421(265 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

both of these letters are just rediculous. i am sick of people saying gays are child molesters and have no morals. i bet there is a gay in your church and you just dont know it. i bet you live by one, work with one, have a family member that is one. educate yourself and stop labeling gays!!!!!!! they are people too.

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2palmer16121(116 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

amen dawn, I am quite sick of having to respond to articles like this. If the Boy Scouts were moral, then they wouldn't have a pedophile scandal that exploded, they'd allow gay and lesbian parents to become den leaders, and they'd actually set an example for the young kids. As for the second letter writer...it ain't about what you want, How in the hell can we be one country, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all, if we're still discrimination people for who they are? From what the founding fathers wanted...they wanted Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of happiness for everybody. Granted, it took a while with America's shameful history against the poor, minorities, women, and kids who were 18...we still have a long way to go.

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3dawn421(265 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

@palmer, finally a voice of reason

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