In addition to being blinded by his own sense of superiority from seeing that being "morally straight" and "clean" isn't a function of sexual orientation, George F. Will makes an amazingly cavalier statement about the gay civil rights struggle ["Boy Scouts: On to the High Court," op-ed, Aug. 15]. He writes:

"The controversy, with wide ramifications for American freedom, is not about whether the Scouts' policy is right but whether the Scouts have a right to it."

The Boy Scouts, however, aren't seeking the right to differentiate between moral and immoral people in deciding who can join; they are seeking the right to prejudge all gays as immoral people who therefore must be automatically excluded from joining. The fact that the Scouts have the support of "religious denominations and other groups" in their mission is nothing historically new. So too did racial segregationists have such support as late as the mid-1960s.

James Meredith once described his attempt to attend the University of Mississippi as a war between those fighting for equality of opportunity and those fighting for "the right to oppress." Too bad Mr. Will doesn't understand that this is still the case with gays and the Boy Scouts.

RONALD L. MOORE

Arlington