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Letter: Don't destroy tradition in name of change

4:58 PM, Apr. 11, 2013  |  Comments
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Something needs to be said on behalf of a time honored and respected organization called the Boy Scouts of America, which does not currently promote homosexuality. The Scouts are the most recent target of "progressives" and Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network, as demonstrated by a 1.4 million signature petition and a pre-Super Bowl admonition from the progressive poster child, President Barack Obama.

Obama pops out of the closet again as he states, "My attitude is that gay and lesbians should have access and opportunity the same way everyone else does in every institution and walk of life." Wow! I wish he would have said that during his 2008 pre-election debate with John McCain at Rick Warren's Saddle Back Church! And that he believed marriage was not between a man and a woman but should be redefined to include homosexuals. Come on now, is it really the president's job to preach the rainbow message during Super Bowl when the jobless rate just went up, the economy just contracted, and we are quickly approaching a $17 trillion debt? What a cleverly-timed distraction, a quarterback sneak!

I'm overly tired of individuals and groups using discrimination and inequality as a battle cry to smear and bring down individuals, or time-tested and respected institutions with some moral backbone that don't agree with them. The Boy Scouts of America refuse to promote homosexuality and now they are in the crosshairs of a petition and a tongue lashing by the president. It is no longer about acceptance but progressive change. But what about our rights as an American or an American institution to stand up for what we believe in? This is America! Let them start their own Rain-Boy Scouts and leave tradition alone!

I see the redistribution of values and morals as America is "fundamentally transformed." The progress, which I consider decay, is evident when you turn on the TV, go to the movies, read the newspaper, or talk with your neighbor. What can be done? A starting point is to pray, and be thinking about the 33 Senate seats and 435 House seats in 2014.

Ray Potocki

Stevens Point

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