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Letter to the Editor
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Leave Scouts alone

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has been hit in recent years by many court cases related to past allegations of sexual abuse by scoutmasters. Since the BSA is an all-male (except for Cub Scout den mothers) organization, it's reasonable to conclude that the “abuses” were done by closeted homosexual males — “closeted” only because BSA official policy doesn't allow for openly gay males in that position.

And just how does the BSA national executive board plan to deal with protecting young boys in the future? By allowing openly gay scoutmasters! Utterly illogical and inane!

If you read why the corporate bigwigs from AT&T and Ernst & Young on the national board are proposing this policy change, you will see that protecting young boys from sexual abuse is not even being considered. It's all about getting more rights for gay men.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the BSA has the right to its “straight-only” policy. If the execs of the giant companies behind this push are so concerned that openly gay men can't be BSA scoutmasters, why not let them shift their funds to create a Gay Boy Scouts of America? Why mess with the BSA?

James Marshall

Penn Hills

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