Religion and Scouting Wrap-Up (?)
Sheldon L. Holtz (shel@WELL.SF.CA.US)
Sat, 11 Sep 1993 13:28:19 -0700
Just to wrap up this whole "non-denomination versus multi-religion" discussion:
I have no problem with the priest for what was either a slip of the tongue or la
knowledge about Scouting's desire to be non-denominational. I agree that religio
tolerance should not only be practiced within Scouting, but taught and promoted.
support the continuing evolution of the Scouting religious awards, and I partici
pate in our
council's Jewish Committee on Scouting. So to Rick Clements, Kevin Torres, Olan
Watkins, and Mark Wilson, I appreciate your remarks and agree with you (well, Ma
to a point...see the following).
I *still* maintain that -- particularly in large group events -- Scouting should
strive for a
non-denominational tone (or, as Mike Schatzberg so aptly put it, "prayers or a s
will not make anyone uncomfortable.") I happen to be in agreement with the BSA p
statement that Mike Walton noted is in the chartering documents.
So, if my problem isn't with the Father, with whom is it? Answer: the Scoutmaste
r, and his
fundamental unwillingness to address the issue. As Mike Walton notes, someone sh
talk with the priest, rabbi, minister or whatever in advance of the activities.
That's all we
wanted from our Scoutmaster, and all we got was resistance! As Mike says, "Even
he is praying technically in his church, he is conducting a part of the BSA's pr
definite attention needs to be made to how he does that."
Assistant Scoutmaster, T549, Granada Hills, California
Eagle Scout (2 Palms), 1969 (when Cooking was still a required MB!)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City