Re: Boy Scout GOD ruling
Gina Gestautas (NORTH@DRYCAS.BITNET)
Wed, 13 May 1992 09:54:00 EDT
WARNING: SOMEWHAT LONG POST. DELETE NOW IF YOU MUST
Regarding question 2, I think the BSA *should* change its rules regarding
gender and sexual orientation. Someday, people will realize that these
rules serve no real purpose. This may take many years to accomplish, but I
feel we should be steering in this direction.
However, spirituality is a fundamental tenet of the organization. If it
were eliminated, the nature of the program would be fundamentally changed.
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 20
Evergreen Area Council, Washington
ACTUALLY, I think one big piece we have overlooked is that MANY of the European
countries have stated that they have SECULAR scouting groups and individual
religious based scouting organizations working hand in hand. One KEY part
to the puzzle in this country I believe is the EXCLUSIVE use of the word
SCOUTS by The Boy and Girl Scouts of America. If a child wants to be a
"SCOUT" He or she can only join a Boy or Girl scouting unit. Otherwise
they will be a CAMP FIRE GIRL, etc. Meaning -NOT- a "SCOUT" I think this
is part of the argument put on by people who are being denied membership.
The child sees something of WORTH in these organizations... AND the fact
that they have been TIED to the United Way which gives money to PUBLIC and
non descriminatory private agencies gives them the PULL to claim that the
BSA is really a SECULAR group claiming rights only allowed FULLY PRIVATE
Maybe a different way to look at it is to let the word scout mean MANY
things... Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts.. (whose names could not be copied
of course). But why not Secular Scouts??? (Not that I want to be in that
group.. only that they should have a right to exist) As we have discussed
here... a higher being, essence, whatever is what gives YOUR life meaning.
I would hate to deny the scouting experience to a youth whose parents deny
the existence of a HIGHER BEING (as BSA states). I have heard many good
comments from countries like the Netherlands (I believe it was) who
have different scouting organizations based on what you want. Secularly
based, religiously based.. etc. The scouting experience is for anyone who
wants to learn how to be better, to work with a team and who wants to grow.
Oh, I forgot!! Also for anyone who wants to have some FUN!! It saddens
me that the fighting has come to people flaming each other instead of coming
together in the brotherhood and sisterhood of scouting... of which I would
assume most of us here on the list are a part. Sorry for the long post.
Gina Gestautas NORTH@DRYCAS Bitnet
CrossRoads District, Longhorn Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City