Kudos to Eric Johnston, publisher and president of The Modesto Bee, for opposing the Boy Scouts' continued practice of excluding gay members and leaders from the organization thanks to a small secret committee of policy-makers (July 22, Page A-12).
As Johnston says, "What kind of message does it send when an organization steeped in strengthening personal ethics and values tells a portion of our country that because of who you are, you aren't welcome?" I agree.
I also agree that just because the Supreme Court ruled that the privately run Scouts organization has the right to exclude people, it "doesn't make it right." As a former Scout myself, I feel that such discrimination violates the spirit of camaraderie that I experienced in Scouting. Perhaps if all us who have benefited from the Scouts' character- building program appealed to the character of the 11 secret committee members, they would change their decision.