Re: United Way/Atheists
Paul Parry (PAULP@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Tue, 25 Sep 1990 12:29:05 EDT
As for the BSA's policy on religion, see the Adult Application. It gives
a very clear message on what the BSA expects of its leaders regarding this
issue. (I don't remember exactly what it says, if anyone has a copy please
post the policy.)
In terms of religious discrimination, no troop should be explicitly dis-
criminating on the basis of religious beliefs. However, many troops
incorporate religious activities into their program, (such as LDS troops)
and this causes scouts of different faiths to find other troops.
This is a mixed blessing. If the Scouts become segregated by religion,
they never learn to understand and respect various beliefs. However,
unity builds in troops that do not have to split up to hold separate
services for each religion.
My troop is chartered to a catholic church, which has certain expectations
of us. For example, this weekend we are going to a catholic camporee. As
a member of the episcopal church across the street from the troop hall,
I will be leaving this camporee early Sunday morning to attend services,
while the boys remain with the other two leaders to attend mass with the
Bishop. This puts me in an awkward position with the troop, as this mass
is seen as part of the troops program.
ASM - Troop 9, Cranston, RI
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