Religion in scouting
Stanton Schmidt (sschmidt@HP.UWSUPER.EDU)
Tue, 17 Sep 1991 10:08:00 CDT
> Those of you who are opposed to gays in scouting, would you be
> so bold as to make the following statement?
> "I do not want my scout troop exposing my son to religion <x> or telling
> my son that religion <x> is normal. By definition, religion <x> is
> NOT normal."
Although I am not opposed to gays in scouting I felt this did deserve a
I am Catholic and we raise our children in the Catholic faith. To my
knowledge the only view BSA has on religion is that one must believe in
"GOD". Now whether "GOD" is Jesus, Bhudah(spelling?) or whatever, I
feel is irrelevant. What is relevant is whether or not someone in an
influential position (leader) should use that position to espouse his
views to others. In scouting where religion is not the main topic, I would
not want a leader to espouse his/her particular religious views, to my
children or anybody elses children. Should a child ask a general question
about religion a leader should probably direct the child to the parent or to
the childs religious leader. Should a child ask a leader about his/her
religion, the question should be answered, but in a way as to not extoll
one religion over the other.
I believe questions about sexuall preference should be handled in the same
As an aside to the abnormality question. I have a large scar on my torso
due to an operation. Two years ago I went with my son's den to the YMCA
for swimming. I could have easily stayed out of the pool and kept my shirt
on and noone would have seen my "abnormality", after considering the effect
the sight of my scar would have on the young boys, I decided to swim anyway.
I knew they would stare at it for a while and some might even ask me about it.
I was right, when questioned I explained the cercomstances of my operation
and that was the end of it. I decided to go swimming because 1. I wanted to
swim and 2. I thought it might be a good lesson for the boys to see that
a "normal" man can have defects and not be affected by them.
Sorry it is so long,
I hope no one takes any offense to my statements, none was intended.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City