Re: Girl Scouts & God (part 2)
STEVE BITTNER 708982-4973 (bittner@SKCLA.MONSANTO.COM)
Wed, 27 Oct 1993 10:27:22 -0500
>Rick Busdiecker writes:
>> Date: Mon, 25 Oct 1993 09:37:35 CDT
>> From: Mike Kilgore <KILGORE@SHOCKER.EE.TWSU.EDU>
>> The Boy Scouts of America maintains that no member can grow into the
>> best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God and,
>> therefore, recognizes the religious element in the training of the
>> member, but it is absolutely nonsectarian in its attitude toward that
>> religious training.
>A problem with this is that it's internally inconsistent. Some sects
>do not have a concept of `God', per se.
I personally do not see where the wording of the Boy Scout obligation is
inconsistent. This wording is defined to excluded atheism, nihilism
and other philosophies (religions) that do not recognize a supreme being
or guiding force greater than man. Unfortunately, this whole discussion
regresses into defining the many names of "God". Or, implying a very
specific definition to the word God. Scouting should not try to define
a God and must be accepting of other peoples Gods.
>I think that
>recognizing more inclusive language is a Good Thing.
>I think that
>it's far more important to be teaching youth to be accepting of others
>than to be ensuring that their youth group companions are willing to
>express a religious belief that's close enough to their own.
I think that it important that a youth begins to recognize their God and
to become tolerant of others who name God differently. Unfortunately,
much discussion about God in the policy is related to denying the
existence of a God or diluting the requirement that there is a God.
Both concepts I oppose.
> Rick Busdiecker
> Eagle Scout 1981
> Troop 1390, Woodbridge, VA
"May your God go with you".
"my opinions are my own. nobody else would want them".
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City