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Scouting's gay ban was justified and right

7:30 AM EDT, May 28, 2013

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The Sun's recent editorial on the Boy Scouts of America ("Scouts and equality," May 23) leaped right over the Scout Mission Statement, "To prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime…," because it conflicted with the newspaper's view. And the Scout Oath — "Mentally awake and morally straight" could not validate the editorial's position either. So the authors jumped to the Scout Law which they thought gave them wiggle room for their position.

They began by stating that the Scout Law is so famous that many people outside the organization recognize it. That isn't true. It is the Scout Oath that is recognizable. "On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the scout law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight."

Then The Sun jumped to what the Scout Law doesn't say. Since there is no overt mention of morality in it (although there is mention of morality in the mission statement and the Scout Oath), the writers chose to dwell on the Law to try to justify their position.

Then The Sun tried to overwhelm us with the preponderance of opinion ploy by naming some public figures who support gay membership: President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Mitt Romney, etc. When you stand on principle, it is not subject to pressure from large numbers or prominent names. I like the quote of "Never confuse the will of the majority with the will of God."

The Sun refers to the ban on homosexuals as a throwback to a different era when homosexuals weren't understood. God's word is true yesterday, today and forever. God's principles aren't eroded over a span of time. God's word condemned homosexuality from the beginning of time to the present and into the future. It will never change.

Boy Scouts' vote to eliminate the ban sounds the death knell for the organization both in numbers and as a moral force for good in our society, our nation and the world.

James R. Cook, Joppa