Satanism and BSA/OA
Wed, 16 Oct 1991 14:20:34 CDT
From: Troye Kauffman Bitnet: AEZTROY@UICVMC
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This is the first that I've heard of Satanism and BSA being linked, but I
can see how extremists could jump to that conclusion:
1. Extremists usually form a very closed sub-society, and are quick to
negatively label anything that doesn't conform to their standards.
Scouting's liberal acknowlegement of different faiths could really
rub them the wrong way. Since we only require belief a supreme being, does
anyone know anything precluding Satanism as an acceptable religion? (Besides
the wickedness of Satanism in confict with the Scout Oath and Law!)
2. I have been to some OA ceremonies that smacked of paganism (if not down-
right demonism), and which really turned me off.
It is inappropriate to discuss these ceremonies in detail on the net,
however I might mention elements not specifically integral to OA ceremonies
which disturbed me:
- Requests for aid or acknowlegement from multiple spirits.
- Speaking in harsh or menacing tones (not just stern tones.)
- The use of pyrotechnics not available to Indians (such as smoke-bombs,
flash-pots, or other fireworks.) I also happen to think that these
rather tarnish the effect of an "authentic" indian ceremony, and turns
it into a parody.
- Wearing of horns and fully cloaked face by certain characters.
To be fair, I realize that OA ceremonies need to be planned and run by
youth members, who sometimes like to borrow things from their favorite media
(rock videos maybe?) I also realize that at that age they are just beginning
to fully understand things like symbolism. It is important, however that
they be made aware that ceremonies are just that; symbolism masked behind
theatrics. As budding ceremony-developers, they need to think about what
the messages and meanings that their ceremonies will convey to the
participants, and not get too hung up on things that will suprize or
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