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Shame on church

Published: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

As a Catholic and the proud mother of an Eagle Scout who also happens to be gay, I was disgusted by the hypocrisy of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church’s decision to sever ties with Boy Scout Troop 550 because of the Boy Scouts of America’s recent decision to allow gay boys.

I am tired of religious and conservative groups falsely passing judgment regarding the moral character of my son and the sons and daughters of other parents of LGBT children.

Our son did not choose to be gay. He is gay. Our son worked just as hard as the other boys in his troop who earned their Eagle Scout awards. He doesn’t practice a particular lifestyle or push any gay agenda. He has the same hopes and aspirations as most men and women his age: to have a successful career, to find a fulfilling relationship and to be a good human being.

He soon will be starting a master’s degree in special education so that he can improve the lives of children who were born with disabilities. He chose this path instead of a career where he could have made more money and focused more on his own needs. I believe if Jesus met my son, he would embrace him and love him as much as any other 22-year-old man starting his life’s journey.

Shame on you, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, for not embracing and loving all young people, as your own Savior would have done.

Janet M. Boivin


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