Re: QUESTION FROM SCOUTER ECHO
E. C. HALE (ARTHALE@EKU.BITNET)
Mon, 17 May 1993 10:25:59 -0400
Before we get a flame war going regarding whether or not scouts
must say the Oath, I suggest reading page 4 of the most recent Handbook.
Let's hold back on the charges of intolerance. If a person's religious
beliefs preclude their joining an organization, it does not follow that
the organization is intolerant. It is simply an indication that the
religion and the organization are not totally congruent. So what's new?
E.G. As a practicing Roman Catholic, I don't expect to be welcomed
as a member of a Jewish congregation. Certainly no one can claim that
the Jewish congregation is intolerant . . . although they and I would
agree on much, there would be some vital differences. Because I've made
my choice to be Catholic, I cannot logically expect to be a follower of
Judaism. THE CHOICE IS MINE
Like it or not, Scouting does expect its followers to adhere to a
set of guidelines (you may substitute the word "beliefs" if you wish).
These guidelines are outlined in the Oath and Law. If anyone does not wish
to accept these, THE CHOICE IS THEIRS. However, they cannot be a scout
any more than I can be Jewish if I am unwilling to accept the tenets of
By the way, I have very directly and severely felt the effects of
Yours in Scouting,
Carroll Hale (SM T-118) ST. MARK RICHMOND, KY.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City