Re "Boy Scouts to review ban on gays; no change imminent" (Tribune, June 8):
Mormons are the largest sponsor of the Boy Scouts, especially financially. So it's unlikely that the Boy Scouts will allow troops to welcome openly gay Scouts and leaders. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has said it will quit the Boy Scouts if gays are welcome.
The proposal is not to force Mormon-sponsored troops to accept gays, it's to allow other troops, if they want, to accept gays. As with gay marriage, Mormons are forcing non-Mormons to follow their beliefs.
Mormons don't do this with their other practices. They're fine with Scout leaders of non-Mormon troops having a glass of wine, just not LDS troop leaders. Why not adopt that model for gays?
As with Prop. 8, there will be blowback from this Mormon arrogance, and Mormons will again be stunned that people don't see them as nice. They'll assume, falsely, it's because of what they believe.
It's not for their beliefs, it's for not practicing the golden rule of treating others as you wish to be treated with respect, tolerance, even acceptance.
Salt Lake City