We continue to get letters regarding the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA's decision to end a relationship with the local Boy Scouts over the Scouts prohibition on gay and lesbians in leadership positions. Below are excerpts from two letters appearing in this coming Wednesday's Chapel Hill News.
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Reader Roger Gorman writes
"I agree mostly with [previous letter writers] that the ordinary boy joining the Boys Scouts is not in any significant danger of being led into a life of prejudice."
"I was a scout in 1936. The problem does not come from the street-level attitude of the BSA, but rather from the top down, where scouts who believe in GOD and are suspicious of alternative lifestyles are somehow better than those who do not, or are not quite sure."
"The top leaders of the BSA prefer adherence to creeds which are by no means universal – theocracy vs no-theocracy, social purity vs open acceptance. If the BSA wants to be absolute, then it must accept the view of those who are less absolute."
Reader Earl Chesson writes:
My wife, Margaret, and I support the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA non-discrimination policy. As a prior board member and parent of a wonderful gay son, I support the CHCYMCA’s welcome openness to all. All my children benefited from Y programs for many years. I cannot understate the importance to us of the nondiscrimination policy.
"We are glad that the CHCYMCA is standing up for this nondiscrimination policy as it makes a clear statement, particularly to our youth, that all people deserve to be treated equally, regardless of their minority sexual orientation or gender identification. The nondiscrimination policy is the backbone of the YMCA’s mission for creating the nurturing environment for everyone, regardless of differences."