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Published on -9/10/2012, 10:05 AM

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The large cartoon on Opinion page A4 in the Sunday, Aug. 26, newspaper was very offensive to my husband and me and I am very disappointed that The Hays Daily News saw fit to print it.

Yes, it is true Boy Scouts of America does not allow gays to be leaders, which has been upheld in court.

But there are many organizations that have joining requirements.

Take, for example, the Shriners. To become a Shriner, you must first become a Mason. To become a Mason, "You must profess a belief in a Supreme Being." That means atheists cannot join. And you must be a male. That leaves me out.

My husband and I are Scout leaders, and we know how much good Scouting does for boys and young men, and how much good Scouting does for an entire community. The huge number of Eagle projects -- and the hours expended -- have been of immeasurable benefit to schools, cities, churches, nonprofit agencies, etc.

One last item: Boy Scouts are taught to be "Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent." Scouts and their leaders are not taught to "burn gays at the stake," as the cartoon implied.

Kathy Petr

Wichita

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