Re: Satanism within BSA ?
(no name) ((no email))
Thu, 17 Oct 1991 15:52:00 EDT
I have been at a OA Tap Out in 1980 where a parent did just that. The
OA advisor and myself apologized to the parent, but explained that this
is (now was) part of the ritual for membership into the Order.
She explained that in her church (Pentacostal) that such things would not
just be immoral, but would cause explosion from the Church and "we would
go straight to hell". She was calm but firm about it. She then suggested
that instead of painting the "mark of the beast" on the forehead, to
instead give each person a red arrow to carry around or to pin it on the
pocket. We did that, and we have not one more word from the lady. She
was there, as all parents were invited to the campfire program where
the OA members were tapped, then moved to a far away place to be
congraduated and told when the next Ordeal would occur.
Now if you were a parent, would *you* object??
The other comment I have is about this number jazz. I've heard this from
a number opf sources......I was a member of a very active Troop. We
went to summer camps, to road trips and other stuff. NOBODY in the Troop
ever got sick or injured...and we all even went to Scout Sunday together
as a unit. Wannn know the Troop number???
Yep, that famous number of the devil...It was just a number...in a line
of 665, 666 and 667...(the Mormon Troop was 667!). We were sponsered
by a Army armored battalion that called themselves the "devil's battalion"
after some big battle they fought in WWII. They had no problem with the
number, the parents had no problem with Scouts wearing "triple 6" on the
left sleeve (in red and white, nevertheless!) and red jackets...
.....The troop merged into Troop 801 two years later because nobody wanted
to serve as Scoutmaster and the older boys all left, leaving a bunch (27)
of young second class, tenderfoot and newbies behind....the merger ceremony
was awesome indeed as the flag colors were retired al-la military style.
We even have a cookout afterwards....
What I am saying?!? Well..two things. First, people will try to read into
lots of things that they don't understand (reference to earlier posting on
"people are more familiar with things that they know about and seen")
and because they don't understand the connectivity, will write it off as
something it is not.... the other thing is that we need to educate those
people right away because if we take our time and wait it all out, then
when it does come time to talk about it, we are talking to a lot of deaf
settummanque!@Yes, I was even SPL of 666...and proud of it!!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City