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So membership in the Boy Scouts is an act whose “sole purpose” is “say to a segment of the community that they are less than everyone else”? [ "An Easy Decision,"May 16.] Come on. Tell me you got carried away and don’t actually believe that. You wish to have the government exercise control over all of judges’ private associations, and think judges should be barred from taking “inappropriate” stands on political issues? I presume you view yourself as a fit arbiter of what is “appropriate”? This kind of thought control (whether the politically correct version you advocate, or the right-wing version) will continue to degrade the judiciary by dissuading qualified candidates who are not willing to sacrifice their personal lives, interests or beliefs because you disapprove. It also promotes the gridlock we now see in the appointment process for the federal courts, whether under Democratic or Republican administrations. And do you really think that many judges (or others) who are affiliated with the Boy Scouts intend thereby to make a political stand of any kind? Where does the logic of your argument take you? Should Roman Catholics be barred from the judiciary unless they first repudiate their catechism? Certainly no Muslim must be allowed on the bench except upon a renunciation of the Koran. You and I are not asked to endorse a judge’s affiliations, and to arrogate such authority to oneself is hubristic, shortsighted and unhealthy for our system of government. Without addressing the merit of your blithe and cartoonish characterization of the Boy Scouts as a “backwater of belligerent, anti-gay sentiment” or the appropriateness of the Ku Klux Klan analogy, let me say that I found your editorial to be simplistic and poorly thought out. Paul R. Mohun San Francisco

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