Re: BSA statement
Don Izard (newcomb@NAVO.NAVY.MIL)
Mon, 26 Oct 1992 13:57:11 CST
I think you can answer your question better than Kathie can. Just
ask yourself, "What organized 'Church' did Abraham belong to? And
what was his 'Duty to God' as defined by the rules of that 'Church'?"
Any rule that would say that one had to belong to an organized
religion would probably exclude anyone who didn't even have a
name for his God. Like Agnostics and Abraham.
I don't see a problem with the BSA except that it allows two
subjective criteria for advancement, "Scout Spirit", "Scout Master
Conference" and "Board of Review". These can be used to by a good
SM to nudge a Scout in the right direction or by a petty martinet
as a club to bludgeon the Scout. Each Troop is a little different,
my son's troop is sponsored, in theory, by a KoC hall and I have
never seen this sort of requirement imposed. But neither have I
seen the sort of rigid training that Mas once described as being
required in his Troop.
I would suggest that the Scout think about his views on 'god'
in light of what we have discussed this week. He should know a
bit about the subject and have some well thought out responses.
This will be a bit harder than just saying "I'm Presbyterian"
but should satisfy your garden variety martinet. If not, he may
have to look for a troop that is a bit less overweening.
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