Re "Scouting's merits," Opinion, Feb. 12
Jay A. Fernandez missed an opportunity to educate his stepson about discrimination by making the easy decision to let Ethan join the Boy Scouts. My son, when faced with a similar situation (I was also a Boy Scout with my father as troop leader), was told he could not join. He then faced extreme peer pressure at school, as he was the only one who did not join and the other boys in his class wore their uniforms to school on meeting days. He and I had a very poignant conversation in which I explained that discrimination is against my core beliefs and no support should be given to any organization that openly does so. It is abominable that the Boy Scouts are allowed to openly discriminate against the homosexual community. Every time this topic arises, I ask, "What would you do if they openly discriminated based on race?"
J. Berick Treidler
I am an Eagle Scout. I object to Fernandez's suggestion that the American Civil Liberties Union poses no threat to the Boy Scouts. The ACLU has a record of pressuring the Scouts to admit atheists and open homosexuals despite the Scouts' right as a private organization to abide by its established moral code. Recently, the ACLU worked to destroy valuable public-private partnerships by challenging the Scouts' use of San Diego parks for camps, suing to end the tradition of national jamborees on a military base and threatening lawsuits against schools that sponsored troops.