In the June 6 article about Neal Humphrey, "Pastor resigns from Scout board," I found it of interest that the article mentioned his half-century of involvement in the Boy Scouts of America. I'd wager that in all that time he's forgotten what it is to be a boy. When I was a Scout it was all about camping and the Klondike Derby; starting fires and playing with knives. I read all the articles in Boy's Life about scouts always jumping in one body of water or another to save someone from drowning. The articles never once mentioned the Scout's sexual orientation. When I was a Scout, the only orientation we ever heard about involved a map and compass.
Our troop was led by good men, who when not monitoring our pyromania or making sure we didn't cut a finger off, taught us good citizenship and the tenets of Scouting. They taught us "to help other people at all times" as it says in the Scout oath, and didn't confuse the idea of being "morally straight" with "sexually straight."
Men like Pastor Humphrey cannot possibly teach a Scout to be "helpful, friendly, courteous, kind," certainly not "brave" or even honestly "reverent."
In a world in which there are plenty of opportunities to learn about cruelty, prejudice and intolerance, the Boy Scouts should be a place to find their antidote. To that end I say "Good riddance!" to Pastor Humphrey and those of his ilk.