I am responding to Mr. Ben Rosander’s Sept. 28 letter regarding The Herald’s article on local scout leaders abuzz over gay ban (“Boy Scouts: Parents support stance”). I am truly appalled by Mr. Rosander’s letter as it clearly expresses his biased and bigoted beliefs toward homosexuals. His comment, “what rational person would knowingly invite or even allow a homosexual adult to sleep side-by-side with their sons” is insulting to the homosexual community and the American people. I interpret this to mean that Mr. Rosander associates sexual violence against children with homosexuals. His comment points the finger blaming homosexuals for the sex crimes committed against our children. What factual information does he have proving that a homosexual adult will commit a sex crime against our children? His comment and belief is totally and completely unfounded. All children could be victims of sex crimes regardless of sexual-orientation. I think it is fair to say that most sex crimes are committed by heterosexual males and they commit this act not for the sex but for the power.
Another comment made by Mr. Rosander is “parents and right-thinking people are greatly relieved” as to how the Supreme Court decision is creating a stir. Just who exactly are these “right-thinking” people? Are these the only people he associates with as they might have a similar belief? Sounds quite similar to Adolph Hitler’s rhetoric in Nazi Germany.
Mr. Rosander refers to the oaths taken by Boy Scout leaders and how these leaders should promote reverence, trust, loyalty, etc. Mr. Rosander makes the correlation of a homosexual leader being immoral and untrustworthy.What about our leader, President Bill Clinton, who I believe to be heterosexual. What about leaders in our churches? Not one day goes by that we do not hear about our leaders being involved in sexual corrupt situations. His correlation between homosexuals and immorality is untrue and unfounded. It saddens me that narrow-minded people like him make negative associations when referring to homosexuals. A true American living in the “United” States accepts unity of people regardless of race, age, gender, sexual-orientation, etc. Mr. Rosander and I have the right to express our opinions but his comments are outrageously unfounded. Mr. Rosander needs to realize that regardless of what a person’s race, gender or sexual-orientation might be, that person has the capability to commit crimes of any kind and that all people can be victims. I have four children of my own and every day I teach them to love and be accepting of people for who they are. My oldest son is age-worthy to join the Scouts; however, I’d rather he not, thank you, as I do not want him to associate with bigots.
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