Don’t forget other agencies

Fifty years ago good people in our country used the Bible and the Flag to justify sending people of color to different schools, to make them use different toilets and to move them to the back of the bus. They meant well, these so-called good people. But they hated and feared what they did not know, what they did not understand, and they used their power to keep a portion of our society down. There are still people today who believe as these people did, but thankfully they are in the minority.

Now we have a new group to fear, to hate and to hold back. They are the millions of Americans who were born homosexual, and are doing their best to fit into a society built for the heterosexuals. They are our friends and neighbors and co-workers, and while they pose no more threat to us and to our children than anyone else, there are those who would have you believe that they lurk in every dark corner waiting to molest our children. They do not.

Fact: The vast majority of men who sexually abuse children are heterosexual married males with children of their own. If we as a society and the Boy Scouts as a group need to fear anyone, there they are.

There are those who would hurt United Way of Snohomish County for taking a stance against hate and fear, and they are doing their job handily. I would have supported the Boy Scouts for the good that the organization does, but what I have seen is a concerted effort to hurt our children, our youth, our homeless, and our elderly on behalf of the Boy Scouts. I can no longer support the Boy Scouts for that reason, and I urge the people of this community to support United Way of Snohomish County and put your money where our community needs it most.

Everett

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