Letter: It's amazing that gay scouts are even an issue in U.S.


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Originally Posted Online: Feb. 25, 2013, 6:00 am
Last Updated: Feb. 25, 2013, 1:52 pm
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So the Boy Scouts of America need three more months to make a decision about whether to officially allow gays into scouting. First of all, I'm amazed (and very troubled) that it's even a serious issue.

How can you possibly blatantly exclude an entire class of people? How long would they exist if they barred blacks, Hispanics, Catholics or Jews? Its excluding some people because they don't like them or don't understand them and somehow feel threatened by them.

In England, where Scouting originated, sexual orientation was and is a non-issue. Only here has rampant homophobia basically hijacked scouting. Our scouts are the real victims here as the BSA is being torn apart.

I am on the verge of surrendering my Eagle Scout award in shame and protest, but am waiting until May's decision comes forth. The BSA has only had since 1910 to work this out. I guess we can all wait for another three months.

In terms of scouting, I truly wish I lived in England about now. But I am confident and optimistic about May ...

Rick Sundin,
Davenport
















 




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