Standing for principles

I was absolutely repulsed by The Herald’s editorial cartoon of Sept. 19 and the letter concerning the Boy Scouts from Robin Harbin (“Boy Scouts: Rethinking is needed”). What right do you have to ridicule a group of people who for years have promoted and taught honesty, honor, integrity and respect for others to thousands of our young men? Parts of the Boy Scout oath are that these young men will do their best “to do my duty to God and my country,” “help other people at all times,” and “keep myself physically strong, mentally alert, and morally straight.”

Now because they continue to stand by a principle that will keep them healthy and virtuous, they are ridiculed by The Herald. Parents and leaders are held up to ridicule and contempt because they want to prevent their young boys from falling into a lifestyle that can lead to heartache, disease and, in some cases, death. I believe the private sector will support the Boy Scouts, as they have in the past, because the majority of the people of this nation still believe that this is a free country. They believe in the right of parents to teach their children principles that they believe to be right. The Boy Scouts are not burying their heads “in the sand of ignorance,” as the letter suggests. They are very much aware of what causes AIDS and so is anyone else who has not buried their head in the sand of ignorance. Rah rah, Boy Scouts, parents and leaders! I think you are great and stand your ground!


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