May 15, 2013

Regarding the May 12 editorial “The Scouts vote”:

I am an Eagle Scout. From 1947 to 1956, I was in a Cub Scout pack, then two Scout troops and an Explorer post. I served in San Diego for one year as an Explorer Post adviser in 1966. I love the ideals of the Boy Scouts and am grateful for the knowledge, skills, abilities and wisdom I gained from godly men and women in the Scouting programs.

As I approach 75 years of age, I still live by the Scout Oath, which reads: “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.” That law, by the way, states: “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean [and] reverent.”

I do not agree that the Boy Scouts of America should accept someone openly homosexual as a member or leader if he does not promise to live in accordance with this oath and law. I also do not see that it is any business of The Post or any other media outlet how the Boy Scouts establish requirements for members and leaders.  

Duane M.  Tollaksen, Alexandria