Re: Religion and Scouting
Kathie Cerveny (mwilson@POLARIS.ORL.MMC.COM)
Wed, 21 Oct 1992 12:56:12 EDT
> From: "Bruce B. Harper" <BHARPER%VTVM1.BITNET@ricevm1.rice.edu>
> If someone doesn't
> like the way the BSA is run, then they should start their own organization
> that has rules and guidelines that they like. What is accomplished by
> trying to tear down an effective program just because you don't agree with
> its beliefs?
I am put in mind of a story my wife used with Cub Scouts. It concerned the
relationship of building and tearing down. (I will try to find the text and
post it since it would make a good SM/CM minute). It is far easier to tear down
things than to build them. While skill is required to build, it doesn't take
any great skill to destroy. It takes a great deal of time, effort and energy to
create something and little to eliminate it.
When we ask that the BSA nay-sayers to go create their own organizations we are
in essense (did I spell that right?) asking them to make a commitment to
something, to expend effort for something they believe in. (What does an atheist
believe in, anyway? Even the word is negative.) For the most part those engaged
in tearing down Scouting are taking the easy way out.
SM, Troop 565
Central Florida Council
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