The April 28 editorial “Further off the path” discussed the Boy Scouts of America working out a compromise between “some Scouting sponsors” who “still maintain a deep religious conviction that homosexuality is immoral” and “many others, who accept that gay boys don’t choose to be gay [and] are eager to end the discrimination.” The editorial stated that the Boy Scouts “earlier considered leaving the question up to individual troop sponsors . . . openly gay boys and adults could participate in enlightened troops; those who object would still have troops that continued to discriminate available to them.”
Groups, religious or otherwise, who choose not to support gay boys and adults in Scouting are not discriminating. To call this discrimination — thereby connecting it to what was done, and still is done, to minorities in this country, particularly blacks — is incomprehensible. We are not talking about the skin color of an individual. This is a deeper spiritual issue regarding the nature of humanity, which has always been reliant on a man and woman coming together to create a new life. Each is equipped to fulfill specific tasks in raising that life.
The Post painted organizations that do not endorse homosexuality as out of touch and discriminatory. They are not. They are living their beliefs as provided in sacred holy text or what they consider proper human relations. Freedom of religion is lost if people are not allowed to believe as they want, regardless of whether that flies against what society considers the norm.
Darren Bye, Jessup