In "Gay men and Scouting" (Forum, June 5), Peter Orum asked: "Is a gay scoutmaster really a good idea?" I ask: What makes it a bad idea?
However sincere and genuine, ignorance explains Orum's dilemma. A gay scoutmaster is no more likely to assault a Scout than a male heterosexual Sunday school teacher is likely to assault a female member of his class.
Sexual identification does not a licentious lout make. Moreover, anyone who excels at being, in Orum's words, a "great example of humanity" would make a great Scout leader.
Therefore, to avoid the discrimination Orum rightly opposes, let the man serve, for he's likely to serve with distinction.
Kim M. Clark