Letter missed the mark
October 3, 2008 · Updated 1:20 AM
In reply to Mr. Wattier's letter concerning the Boy Scouts (Sept. 7):
While I commend you for giving your donation of money to a
youth program of your choice, I feel compelled to help you in
understanding some of the discrepancies voiced in your letter.
I agree that there is a host of challenging problems facing today's
youth, and it is important to provide positive ethical and moral teachings.
However, for the Boy Scouts to deny gay youth those same opportunities, is to
deny them positive childhood experiences that should be afforded to all
We should wish to provide all youth alternatives to gangs, drugs
and violence, regardless of who they are. I also wish to point out that
organizations such as the KKK, neo-Nazis and the NRA, and also occupations
such as loggers, mink farmers and miners, are examples of things that people
do. Gay youth are, on the other hand, something that people are. To
exclude youth for who they are is wrong and is the issue here.