Letter had it completely wrong on Boy Scouts

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

I am responding to D. Morgan Saunders’ letter to the Greenwich Post last week, “Boy Scout policy should not be changed.”

His tirade against creating a new policy for the Boy Scouts of America, which would allow gays openly into its organization, shows bigotry at its worst. He argues that gay men should not be in close proximity to boys. His view cannot go unanswered.

Mr. Saunders is confusing homosexuality with child molestation. Adult sexual orientation has nothing to do with inappropriate behavior towards children. While I am reluctant to even suggest his discriminatory view has any basis in fact, the topic has been studied (check http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/rainbow/html/facts_molestation.html) and there is no scientific evidence linking the two.

The Family Research Council, which promotes an anti-gay agenda, attempted here, http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=IS02E3, to establish a connection between homosexuality and child molestation. But independent analysis by University of California researchers discredited (read it here at http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/rainbow/html/facts_molestation.html) the study.

As Mr. Saunders suggests, child molestation is a serious issue. Although using the Catholic Church as an example is ironic since it hardly qualifies as an organization accepting of gays. His fears would be better served by inquiring about the Boy Scouts’ policies for dealing with child sexual abuse (which may be fine, I don’t know) rather than creating false connections between one’s sexual orientation and the ability to be a role model for children.

 

Jonathan Perloe
Cos Cob

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