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Letter to the Editor: Accusation of bigotry is ‘harsh’

I understand that Jack Zeleski was an Eagle Scout, but I also was involved in this awesome organization.

In response to Zeleski, I would like to point out what the big deal is about the issue between gays and the Boy Scouts of America. The reason why this is a huge deal is because, as Frederic Bastiat wrote in his book, “The Law”: “We must remember that law is force (emphasis mine), and that, consequently, the proper functions of the law cannot lawfully extend beyond the proper functions of force.”

Now, if our government can force a private organization to do something which they thought was improper, where does the government draw the line? If the government can regulate a non-profit organization like the Boy Scouts of America, what now prevents the same act in regards to churches, synagogues and mosques?

In regards to the accusation of bigotry by religious organizations, I would say that is rather harsh because bigotry is defined as a state of mind that results in hatred, contempt, or intolerance based on characteristics of a person. Of course there are groups like the Westboro Baptists who do proclaim hatred towards homosexuals, but they do not define all people of faith.

Also, homosexual activists have said that they are not yet pleased with this because they still want to allow gays to be scout leaders.

Evan Larson, Perham, MN

Editor’s note: it was the Boy Scouts of America’s decision as an organization to repeal their former ban on openly gay scouts; the law gives private organizations the freedom to determine their own rules of membership.