The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 6, 2013

Safeguards protect

I am writing this letter because of the ongoing controversy about allowing homosexuals into Boy Scouts. People automatically think that if a person is homosexual, he is going to harm kids. Even though there are procedures to make sure nothing will happen, parents still think their children will be harmed.

The discussion on this topic is good. They should be allowed. Just because a person is homosexual does not mean he is a bad person. I personally do not agree with homosexuality, but they are humans and all humans deserve equal rights, whether homosexual or not.

There are too many people who judge a person because of his sexuality. The parents should get to know the person who wants to become involved in scouting. If the parents feel that it is unsafe for their child, they can withdraw him. Otherwise, they can stay involved with their scout.

In my opinion, an individual's sexuality does not mean he cannot do certain things. The people, who are fearful about homosexuals being allowed in scouting, should not be so worried. They do background checks on every leader. Therefore, there will be safeguards in place to protect the children.

Dylan Fogarty, Selinsgrove High School

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