Re: BSA statement
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Fri, 23 Oct 1992 09:35:18 CDT
> Kathie posted a statment from BSA that still leaves me with a question,
> which impacts a person that I know in scouting. If a PERSON YOUTH or
> ADULT in NOT a member of a formal CHURCH, can the pass the "religion"
> test? The person may accept a believe in a supreme being, or Christ
> or Allah, or even Mohammad, but do not accpect the RULES for any
> given church! I believe the correct term may be agnostic! Since
> the person has no RULES for the beliefs, and hence no true commitments
> to his "religion" can he "PASS THE TEST"? Or does this person get to
> stand outside, with his nose pressed against the window, along with
> the atheists?
> I would like FACTS/RULES if they exist, not just opinion.
> Thanks for any information on this seemingly complex issue.
Agnostics have ALWAYS been allowed in Scouting, based on research in our
early documents at the Seton Museum at Philmont. We do not and NEVER HAVE
required membership in a formal church, building, tent, or otherwise. But
we have always required belief in a supreme being. That is how agnostics
fill our requirement.
Thanks for your interest, you will find this in Rules and Regulations of
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City