Re: Ref BSA Statement
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Tue, 27 Oct 1992 10:35:27 EST
Thanks RON, I think you hit what I was looking for. And I must
admit that it was in a publication :( I just get so bogged down
with all the regs, and constant changes and contradictions that
I guess I gave up to soon. I think that gives us a handle on
how or NOT to question an agnostic scout about "A SCOUT IS REVERENT",
and from a contact with a fairly LIBERAL catholic priest, I get
an aceptable approach to the "DUTY to GOD" issue. This priest has
worked in the direction and concept of the BODY of Christ. The
first extent of which is the Church, and as the members of the CHurch
ARE the church, the extended body of Christ INCLUDES all members.
If you examine the intent of that idea to extend to all mankind, and
even to ALL living things OR what we may call NATURE, we have a focus.
This scout is very active as a conservationist and environmentalist.
He does his best to make the world a better place for ALL GOD's creatures.
(so does his family for that matter, they just don't GO to any one church)
The are those including Native Americans that do not require a formal
building to acknowlege the GREAT Spirit, and protect nature that HE has
given to us. So, I think I have an workable solution, to pose to the
scout and the parents, without trying to force any particular FORMAL
religion on them. By the Way, the Troop meets at a Catholic church hall.
Thanks again to those that gave me the ideas, and specific extracts of
the regs to help keep a good scout in the program.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City