I am pleased to learn the Boy Scouts of America is considering changing its policy of excluding community members who are gay.

I am an assistant scoutmaster for Troop 34 in Madison, and I volunteer for this organization because we do not exclude anyone. We provide a safe, healthy way for young men to develop into leaders, a needed goal in our world. We camp, hike and canoe in the beauty of the natural wild world. All are welcome to join us.

- Paul Johnson, Madison

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Any person that is attracted to the same sex people should never be allowed to be in these groups.It's like asking for trouble. Any man or young adult that is gay should never be allowed on any overnight campouts, that's like saying it is ok to sleep with young straight kids. Never, never, never!

Ernest Pellegrino
Ernest Pellegrino

I don't think we should confuse pedophelia with the issue of gays in the scouts as either leaders or participants. The former can a person who is either straight or gay. I am not aware that studies done on priests and/or teachers showed them to be gay or lesbian but I suspect that is a concept that many have.

Of course 95% of people both gay and straight are good honest people. But I can't help but feel deep inside that sending a 12-15 boy to camp with a gay man is similar or the equivalent of sending a 12-15 year old girl camping with a straight man. It just doesn't seem like a good idea to me. Not 20 years ago, not now, and not ever. The Boy scouts are a great organization, but when they take children camping they are responsible for their safety and well-being. I realize that banning gay people form participating is infringing on their rights, but Shouldn't they error on the side of caution? Should adult men also take girl scouts on overnight stays?

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