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BOY SCOUTS: Group’s policy on gays correct

Letter by Gerald R. Wheeler, Orting on July 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm | 7 Comments »
July 20, 2012 10:27 am

Regarding the Boy Scouts of America’s policy of excluding homosexuals from leadership in the boy scouts, I think there are good reasons for this policy.

Historically, several thousands of boys were sexually abused in the scouts. Parents want their children protected from sexual assault, and the prohibition helps prevent the participation of men who would take advantage of trusting young boys.

Also, the Boy Scouts have paid out tens of millions of dollars to boys who have been abused and now have to pay enormous amounts for litigation insurance premiums. No one has stepped up to cover this cost.

And lastly, it is a moral issue. Seventy percent of scout troops are sponsored by religious institutions, the majority of which teach that nonmarital sexual intimacy is immoral. There is a moral foundation to the Boy Scouts of America, and they believe that homosexual conduct is inconsistent with the Scout Oath and the Scout Law to be morally straight and clean in thought, word and deed.

The final line of the Scout Law is an affirmation of a Scout’s obligation to be “reverent.” The leadership of the Boy Scouts of America has affirmed its commitment to revere God and protect boys over the demands of the secular elite and homosexual activists. May God bless them for it.

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