The Thinking 

Boy Scouts: More Manly than the Army

July 23, 2012



In Friday’s New York Times are three letters responding to the NYT’s article “Boy Scouts to Continue Excluding Gay People” of July 18, 2012.

The first two are liberal moanings about how horrible that is and how BSA “represents the worst in human values.” After these predictable screeds, however, comes an unlooked-for ray of light. Amazingly, the Times gives the last word to Kathy Heggemeier of Portsmouth, Virginia, whose mordant comment is a bitter-sweet observation on the twisted state of America today.

Mrs. Heggemeier’s letter is worth quoting in full:

“To the Editor:

Alas, gay boys who want to wear uniforms and engage in all sorts of outdoor activities will have to wait until they grow up and can join the military.”

And that about sums it up.

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