Re: It's a religious thing.
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Tue, 10 Dec 1991 09:59:40 EST
Perhaps the real question should be " Is BSA a religous organization?"
Then you can argue should BSA be a religious organization, but to me
BSA is sort of a NON-demnominational, but basicly religious organization.
Those that do not believe in a singular supreme being are not really
fully aceptable to scouting ideals, DUTY TO GOD, and A SCOUT IS REVERENT.
Neither the LAW or the OATH stipulate a specific religion, only that
if you want to be a mainstream member of the BSA, you should accept the
basic ideals of a GOD, and follow some basic religion. I can accept that.
I am basicly a religous person. I can accept that for some, that have
strong persnonal beliefs that GOD and religion are pure fantasy, they
may have a problem with BSA. But you are not forced to join BSA. You
are not even forced by BSA to join a specific religion or church. BSA
just supports the idea that, if you have a basic belief in a GOD, and
practice some religion, you should become a better person. That is
I expect, the basic thoughts behind the motivation. I think that is
traditonal thinking in most society. It does not mean that someone that
is a Secular humanist, is a bad person, as compared to a Baptist, just
that BSA is more of a midle of the road, average guy, program. And the
religions that can agree with the goals of BSA, have provide a award
program to support BSA in its DUTY to GOD, and a scout is revent.
I must finally agree with some on this list that have said, SCOUTING
may not be for everyone. If a person objects to being exposed to
the concepts of a GOD and a some religion, then perhaps, they should
consider some other program. My opinion, as always could be wrong,
as I would hope that scouting could find a place for every boy. But
if, as it would appear, that some can not agree with the basic concept
of a GOD, and adhear to some form of religion, then BSA is perhaps not
the organisation for you. My personal opion is that a little basic
religion, and a beleif in a GOD is not harmful to young minds. I expect
some will disagree, and I respect that right. But they should also
accept and respect what is basicly the moral concept of a majority
the population of the USA.
DON Izard, scouter
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City