Re: Boy Scout GOD ruling
Bjarne Steensgaard (rusa@DIKU.DK)
Mon, 11 May 1992 15:50:20 +0200
I have mentioned the discussions on atheists in scouting going on in
the U.S. to a patrol I am in close contact with. They started smiling
humorously when they heard about it and made comments on why the
Americans always have to have such a high moral on others' behalf.
They found the discussion quite stupid.
In Denmark we have a YMCA scout organization, a YWCA scout
organization, and a nonreligious scout organization (DDS). I am a
member of DDS. The DDS scout law and oath are a bit different from
the American version. We are supposed to "find our own belief and
respects others'". There is nothing in this that conflicts with
atheism. I think that scouting in most countries other than the U.S.
doesn't have any problems with atheists in scouting.
Jeannie Dixon writes about her son:
> He wouldn't join a group that had beliefs
> different from his own. How much fun would that be?
I hope that doesn't mean he wouldn't join a group that has for example
hindu or sikh scouts. If so, then his comment on "everybody knows ..."
can be reciprocated to flame him.
Pack Leader, Honey Lake Valley Pack, Peter Lassen Group, Denmark
Troop Leader, The Pirates, Peter Lassen Group, Denmark (both co-ed)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City