I was saddened to turn to the Opinion section of the paper and find the intriguing title of the main story "End Boy Scout bullying" by Connie Schultz. I thought someone was bullying some Boy Scouts, and it turns out that was indeed the case! Schultz was doing the bullying!
The story, which is starting to get old, was about the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) not allowing homosexuals to join the group. I don't know how many times it must be discussed that a private organization may set rules and regulate itself as to whom it will allow to join its ranks.
Schultz quotes Paul Clark of United Way of Greater Cleveland, "I think the premise of the protection idea is that someone who is homosexual is a pedophile." Wow, talk about jumping the shark! Nothing from the BSA has even hinted at such a thing, but if you are supportive of traditional rights and freedoms in this country, people may say anything against you and get by with it!
I was about finished with the article when I came across this jewel, "It injures gay males who want to join but are excluded because of something they can't change about themselves."
First, I have never seen or heard of a boy being "injured" because he wasn't allowed to join the Boy Scouts, secondly and much more importanty, is that Shultz is promoting the myth that gayness is somehow biological and not a lifestyle choice.
A recent study published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy demonstrated clearly that gays can successfully change this debilitating condition with counselling. This is one of the first peer-reviewed, scientific studies of its kind. The study was conducted by Stanton L. Jones and Mark Yarhouse.
Schultz is certainly welcome to her opinions, but she would do well not to spread myths that have no truth, and have been shown to be scientifically false.