I am very proud of the Boy Scouts of America for fighting to uphold a high moral standard. The U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing it to bar homosexual men from becoming leaders maintains this high moral standard.
As a former Cub and Boy Scout, I have a high regard for the commitment of leaders to provide direction and set forth values for young boys. I was a member of this organization some 30 years ago and I appreciate the experience I gained and the direction given by my leaders. To this day, I still remember the Boy Scout Oath and the Scout Laws and I realize their importance.
When a Scout recites the oath, he begins by stating his honor and duty to God and country, and ends by stating that he will keep himself morally straight. This commitment to God is reflected in statements made by Pope John Paul II last July regarding a homosexual demonstration in Rome, Italy. The pope emphasized church teaching on homosexuality, which holds that homosexual acts are contrary to natural law.
One important task of a leader is to set a good example by actions and his life. Homosexual behavior is wrong, contrary to the Scout Oath and, for a leader, would not set a good example.
The Boy Scouts have stood up against society's "politically correct" forces to maintain its high standard, which is important to ensure these values are not compromised.
JAMES A. SCACCO JR.