Re: Scout spiritual ruling, worldwide (was: God and Scouting)
Frank Boimare (SC0HASS@VM.TCS.TULANE.EDU)
Tue, 12 May 1992 15:01:26 CDT
Don't atheists believe that there is no "spiritual meaning of life", that
only the "material" part of life counts?
And don't the other countries in the world segregate their members into
organizations which share common religions, etc., as opposed to a larger
group which accepts many more members with more widely divergent points of
The Catholics in the BSA are still members of the BSA... they did not split
off to form their own Scout organizations like they did in many of the
European countries. The Mormons are still part of the BSA.... The Jews are
still part of the BSA....
Seems to me that European Scouting is no more "enlightened" than we are
(except where gender, sexual, and controlled substance issues are concerned).
[This is not a flame! Everyone has a right to be who they want to be and to
believe what they want to believe. NO ONE, however, has a God- or government-
given right to come into your group and force their point of view on you!
This whole discussion is not about whether someone is gay or atheist. The
people who say my right to be gay or atheist is more important or more valid
than your right to get together in a comfortable situation with your family
and friends are the *true* discriminators and violators of human rights.]
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City