Re: Catching up(PART 3b)
Kevin M. Torres (kt6@PRISM.GATECH.EDU)
Wed, 8 Sep 1993 10:08:03 EDT
>Now, on to recent local events. First, I m interested in feedback on the
>following incident. Our troop is sponsored by St. Euphrasia Catholic
>Church. I have no problem with religious institutions sponsoring
>scouting units; the pack I helped start was chartered by Temple Ahavat
>Shalom! In my five years with the pack, though, we took pains to make
>certain the pack and all its activities were non-denominational. At a
>recent Eagle Court of Honor, the priest delivering the invocation ended
>his prayer with, "In Jesus Christ s name we pray..."
>We have several Jewish boys in the pack, including my own son. I
>remember being disturbed by these denominational prayers when *I* was a
>scout. At a parent s meeting, some of us brought the issue up. The
>scoutmaster flatly said, "I m not going to tell Father how he can pray
>in his own church." He also suggested that "A scout is reverent"
>justifies such prayers, and that he would welcome Jewish, Baptist and
>other prayers at scout meetings in order to expose the boys in the troop
>to other religions.
>I have always been of the opinion that scouting promotes the values of
>religion but -- as far as units go -- should be non-denominational. Is
>this policy, as well? Any suggestions on how to handle it?
Not really, whatever you do don't forget about the part about freedom of
speech and religion that is part of our constitution.
Kevin M. Torres
Georgia Tech Research Institute
Centennial Research Building Room 493
Atlanta, Georgia 30332
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