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Justify exclusion: Cherry-pick from Founders

Date published: 6/13/2013

This is in response to Mary Walsh's column regarding gays in the Boy Scouts of America ["Requiem for the Boy Scouts, virtue," Viewpoints, June 9]. I am a former Boy Scout, and I think being more inclusive is a good way to garner sympathy among different groups.

How is this in any way related to the IRS scandal? It is ridiculous to lump this in with scandals in Washington, and it shows that there is no real substance to Walsh's opinions.

Most of the Founding Fathers were not overtly religious. To prove her point about morals and the Founding Fathers, Walsh quotes Thomas Paine, author of "The Age of Reason": "The Bible is such a book of lies and contradictions; there is no knowing which part to believe." She tries to quote John Adams. He stated in a treaty with elements of the Ottoman Empire: "As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion "

You can find many quotes from the Founding Fathers to support opinions that have little or no place in justifying antiquated opinions. What happened to don't judge, and do unto others? Here is another quotation for you: All men are created equal.

It is insane to posit that homosexuals cannot possess the ability to adhere to any of the 12 points of Scouting. This type of preposterous thinking is one of the reasons we cannot have serious discussion in this country. We have traveled a long, slow road to eliminating injustice and exclusion, from slavery, segregation, and, it is hoped, bans on homosexuals from American institutions.

John K. Miller