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300 dpi 3 col. x 5 inches/164x127 mm/558x432 pixels Kurt Strazdins color illustration of the Boy Scouts of America logo and a rainbow flag. KRT 2001
Monday, May 13, 2013
Re: “Keep sexuality out of Scouting” (May 1 commentary):
Jeff Powell makes me glad I have daughters and did not have to choose between Scouting or no-Scouting. I would never allow an impressionable child to join an organization that so blatantly discriminates against a group of people.
Children are not born with prejudice and discriminatory feelings; they are taught these things by parents, other adults in their lives and their peer groups. Prejudice (pre-judgment) against gays or any other identifiable group is rooted in ignorance, and ignorance is curable.
If Powell would make the effort to get to know a few gay people, he might find that most are great people and some are not so great, just the same as with heterosexuals. He would also discover that many are just like him, but for that one exception he chooses to focus on.
As for his statement, “We would like our boys to be boys and enjoy ‘boy things,’ ” I would dare Powell to present that argument to Jason Collins — he’s the 7-foot National Basketball Association player who recently came out as gay.
It’s refreshing that another parent, Jacqueline Watson (“Nothing respectful or kind in anti-gay policy,” April 25 commentary), refuses to let her sons be taught prejudice against gays by certain members of a group. Shame on anyone who perpetuates prejudice and discrimination by teaching it to the next generation of youngsters.
The good news is that, in my experience, each succeeding generation tends to be more tolerant and accepting of differences than the previous generation, so there is hope that today’s youth will overcome prejudices they are being taught today. And hopefully their children will be even more civilized and refuse to discriminate against another based on sexual orientation.
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