Re the Scott Schertzer’s April 15 letter, Scouts’ worthy values: I agree it’s wonderful that private organizations enjoy freedom of association and can establish their own rules based on their values.
Historically, the Boy Scouts of America has had rules and values that the majority of Americans agree with — so much so that the BSA has grown enormously and become a fine fixture in almost every community. Often, it is the only organization of its kind available to young men.
However, by banning gays, the BSA has added intolerance to those values. The BSA mission statement is “to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices.” How ethical and moral is it to deny membership because of sexual orientation?
Marilyn Baker, Miami Beach