Satanism within BSA ?
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Thu, 17 Oct 1991 14:42:18 EDT
It appears as some others have heard the same kinds of "pot shots"
at BSA pertaining to satanism or witchcraft. Most of the shots
were unfortunatly directed towards OA related activities: In the
past one scout was removed from an OA tap out, back when a red
arrow mark used to be drawn accross the forehead. The parent was
reported as saying, You will not place the mark of the BEAST on
my son! I have been told that a RED ARROW is one mark of satan,
relating to the red pointed tail that the devil is alledged to have.
(I haven't seen him myself, so I have to take the persons word for this.)
The other was a strech of the fact that HORNs of animals are often
worn, as well as animal skins (from sacrificed animals?) and even
the entire head of a WOLF, with teeth. There are passages in the
cermonies envoking SPIRITUAL power etc. This person went on and on.
Even the fact that units have NUMBERS assigned was on the persons
list of examples of satanistic practices. (the Devil also has a NUMBER)
And the levels of RANKS within the CULT! I was amazed, but I could
begin to see how someone could draw these conclusions. Even though
it makes an empressive headress, maybe we shouldn't be using the
head of an animal. Not because it might be satanistic, but becasue
is was not very kind of someone to remove the head from the animal!
I agree that this is not very widespread, but it could point out
areas where BSA could take a closer look at what could be viewed
as a BAD practice, such as using dead animals in ceremonies, or
an illegal act such as using real Eagle feathers in a headress!
Don Izard, scouter
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City