It's to Late for Justin: Speak Up againt the BSA's Discriminatory Policy Silence Equals Death
It's Too Late for Justin. We Don't need anymore Helm's Bigotry and Hatred. We Don't need the LDS Church dehumanizing
our Gay Youth any longer. We don't need the current leadership of the Boy Scout's of America rejecting our gay
kids. No more hatred. No more bigotry. No more homophobia. A little more love, acceptance, understanding and compassion.
Young Justin shot himself to death in Oklahoma City on Fathers Day with the pistol kept locked in his parents'
A gay teenager must digest a lot of torment and verbal abuse in a society which teaches that homosexuals are an
abomination. Oklahoma's largest daily newspaper regularly editorializes that homosexuals do not deserve protections
under the law, and that the Boy Scouts are right to exclude homosexuals on moral and religious grounds. Oklahoma's
largest talk-radio station recently hosted a guest arguing that "homosexuality is not something you are -
it's something you do" and that homosexuals are trying to wreck the Boy Scouts and "get their agenda
taught" in public schools.
The U.S. was once completely comfortable with slavery-for-some. Later, the U.S. was comfortable with the legal
exclusion of blacks from voting. Indeed, the exclusion of women from voting was based on Biblical passages.
WHATEVER YOU ARE DOING OR SAYING FOR GAY RIGHTS MAY SAVE THE LIFE OF A GAY TEENAGER
IN YOUR CITY. SILENCE IS DEATH. SPEAK UP.
NATHANIEL BATCHELDER, - - OPKLAHOMA CITY