Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Gays good for Scouting
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

In "Gay men and Scouting" (Forum, Feb. 27), Fred Burton poses a real concern about Boy Scout leaders abusing children. His conclusion that gay men should not be Scout leaders is faulty.

First, the ban on gays in Scouting did not stop the abuse of thousands of Scouts over the past decades, nor the cover-up.

Second, Burton implies that all pedophiles associated with Scouting are gay. Even if true, the reverse, all gays are pedophiles, is not true.

Openly gay men would be less likely to abuse children since they would be under more scrutiny. Having gay leaders would open others to their humanity.

It would help gay Scouts realize that nothing is wrong with them, increasing their self-esteem and reducing bullying and the high suicide rate among gay youth.

Outcomes we could all embrace.

Don Ries

Salt Lake City

Article Tools

 Print Friendly
 
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.