QUESTION FROM SCOUTER ECHO
(no name) ((no email))
Thu, 13 May 1993 11:35:40 -0400
The following message was posted on the Fidonet Scouter Echo. From what
I remember from my Cub Basic and Scoutmaster Fundamentals courses this
council is apparently misinterpreting BSA rules. Can anyone (Mike/Kathy,
?) point me toward the BSA policy document that addresses boys who fo
religious reasons are unable to recite the pledge of allegience?
Date: Wed May 12 1993 13:33:00
From: Ted Rosenberg
It seems that Scouting in the US is more interested in rules on how not to do
things than on how to do them.
I have been in scouting for 45 years, cub, Webelos, Scout, Explorer,
Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, Post Advisor, Committee Chair, - you name it.
I've seen National fight tooth and nail to keep women from becoming leaders, and
other equaly stupid positions.
Currently I am just a Committee secretary for my youngest son's troop, and I ran
into something that infuriated me.
With all the fuss over atheists and agnostics being barred from scouting, I find
that if you are too religious you can be barred from scouting.
We had an energetic young boy come to our recent recruiting night. He was
interested, he hit it right off with the boys in the troop. BUT
He is a Jehovah's witness, so we were told by Council that he could not be a
scout. Jehovah's Witness's (also many Quakers, Dunkards, Mennonites and a lot
of other religious groups in the area) can not pledge allegience to the flag
only to God. So we were told that the boy would only be allowed to join scouts
if he foreswore his religion.
THAT constitutes "A Scout is Reverent"
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Yours in Scouting,
Dave Hultberg KA3UZR | firstname.lastname@example.org
Fidonet: 1:270/101.28 | Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 196
Cubmaster, Pack 196, Keystone Area Council | Susquehannock Lodge 11 WWW
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