Re: It's a religious thing.
Mon, 9 Dec 1991 16:04:58 CST
> From: Judith Kyrala <IACJYK%ASUACAD.BITNET@RICEVM1.RICE.EDU>
> Subject: Re: It's a religious thing.
> It was my understanding that any religion could award BSA medals if they went
> through the processes to be included in the list. That is, this is not a list
> of approved religions, only of those religions that award a medal. It is the
> choice of the religion is it not?
Ahhh, but there's the rub. What does it mean "any religion could award
BSA medals if they went through the process"? It means:
1) that there is an official process controlled by the BSA
2) that (implicitly) some person or group of persons in the BSA
existing power structure decides whether the "process" has been followed,
3) allowing the BSA to implicitly rule on the acceptability of any
religion that submits an application to this ill-defined and pre-determined
Do you honestly believe that I could successfully complete this process
if, for example, I submitted a religious award for "4th Century Celtic
Druidism" or "Secular Humanism" or "Liberal Intellectual
Environmentalism"? If you claim that these are not religions because
they do not include a God familiar to the tenets of Western Thinking,
then you are committing blasphemy by putting limits of your own
construction on God, who is by definition without limits. Do you
understand the conundrum?
How enlightened Scouting is! "Yes, we'll recognize your belief system
as a religion IF you submit to our process." Meaning that belief
systems that do not submit themselves for scrutiny are beyond the pale
of what Scouting recognizes. This is bourgeois Eurocentric hegemony
masquerading as enlightened acceptance of The Other. Once you set up
"a process," you have determined that there are things that are
accepted and things that are not. Once you have set up a process, you
have determined that "other folks" have to PROVE that they are a
religion. You deny them the reality of self-determination. I need no
one else's approval of myself or my system of beliefs, thank you.
Chuck McCaffrey firstname.lastname@example.org 217-384-8500 opinions=mine
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