God vs Belief system
Mon, 9 Dec 1991 16:59:22 CDT
From: Troye Kauffman Bitnet: AEZTROY@UICVMC
(217) 244-6322 Internet: email@example.com
BSA does not and should not support any "belief system" that wants to
be a recognized part of the program. Specifically, any belief system that
contradicts the scout oath and law would undermine the purpose and intent of
the program. That definitely does not mean that only BSA's way of thinking
is right, or that only those that think like BSA are worthy of respect or
I don't know if 4th Century Celtic Druidism or Secular Humanism or Liberal
Intellectual Environmentalism would work well within the religious awards
program, because I don't know anything about them. I don't see why they
couldn't, if they acknowlege a supreme being, and cooexist with the scout
oath and law.
I like one of Webster's definition of religion: any specific system of
belief, worship, etc., often involving a code of ethics. By this definition,
I think that any example given could and should be recognized as a religion,
but not necessarily one that would dovetail with the BSA program.
One minor technical point: No religion awards any BSA medals;
they award their own, and BSA recognizes them as appropriate for wearing
on BSA uniforms.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City