One more (last?) time
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Mon, 10 Jun 1991 13:04:29 EDT
After the recent discussions on this list concerning religion, I
thought it appropriate to forward the statement of a Council Exec,
appearing in the JUNE-July issue of the Frontiersman, published by
the Greater Niagara Frontier Council, 410 Mayvale Dr, Cheektowaga,
Quoted from Mr. Ken Hesterberg's column "AS I SEE IT": "As a private
organization, the position of the Boy Scouts of American is a simple
one...The BSA doesn't suggest in any of its rules, regulations, oath
or laws, that you attend or belong to any particular religious body,
but that you do believe in a SUPREME BEING. Which means those who are
Christinas, Jewish, Buddhist, etc.,etc., and even Agnostic can be members
of the BSA...but not Atheist.
Scouting believes that for a young person to grow fully into the kind
of citizen this country and world needs, among others things, he or she
must have a strong spiritual faith...thus the Scout Oath's "duty to God",
and the Scouts Law's -- " A Scout is Reverent".
Perhaps you can tell me why some people who have the sense enough to
want to join a great organization such as Scouting, refuse to undestand
why the principles of the organization have been established and have stood
the test of time.
AS I SEE IT...If an Atheist wants to join Scouting, he or she can accept
the fact that there is a Supreme Being; or they can start their own youth
organization ("Heaven forbid")".
end of the quote
I personally don't always agree with Mr. Hesterberg, as has been painfully
noted before, but I have to just say "AMEN" to this one. Mr. Hesterberg
does not yet have e-mail or bitnet access, so those wishing to do so, will
have to direct comments to him at the s-mail address indicated above.
still scouting, since '57
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City