David B. O'Donnell (EL406006@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Fri, 31 May 1991 13:51:55 EDT
On Wed, 29 May 1991 13:47:37 EDT you said:
> On the other hand, SCOUTS are required to PROMISE to be
> reverent, which can be taken to mean various things. BUT,
> the SCOUT OATH enforces a DUTY to GOD! And TO ME, so does
> the pledge of allegiance to the flag of our country! (USA)
> So is that to say that a person that does not beleive in a
> God, should not be allowed to be a citizen of the USA? I
> think the USA is (or should be) BIG enough and free enough
> to find a place for ALL people, reguardless of sexual preference
> or religous beliefs.
"I pledge allegiance to the flag, of the United States of America, and to the
Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice
for all" -- no 'God' there.
> No one that I know of, was ever *FORCED* to join scouts!
Well, now you know someone who was coerced into joining. The only way I could
escape the idiocy (there was no fraternity there, I was excluded and unwanted
by the other young men, made to feel uncomfortable by the smarmy, false
friendliness of the scoutmasters) was, ironically, to submit to catechism.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City