Re: Girl Scouts & God (part 2)
Rick Busdiecker (rfb%CMU.EDU@CARNEGIE.BITNET)
Thu, 28 Oct 1993 11:10:42 -0400
Date: 27 Oct 1993 10:27:22 -0500
From: STEVE BITTNER 708982-4973 <bittner@SKCLA.MONSANTO.COM>
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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.
Well, no. As has been mentioned here before, you also manage to
eliminate Buddhism and some Native American religions. That is, some
sects do not have a concept of `God', per se, so requiring an
obligation to God and being absolutely nosectarian are conflicting
goals. BTW, this phrasing also eliminates atheists who consider
`nature' or `physics' to be a guiding force greater than man. The
Unitarian minister who married my wife and me was atheist. He was
also a very reverent and religious man.
Unfortunately, BSA's approach to religion comes down to semantic
nitpicking in an attempt to keep athiests out -- an inherently
intolerant goal. Many religious people do not view God as a
being so much as a an idea and/or symbol. Many athiests differ only
in choosing different labels. The GSUSA approach encourages religion
without getting into the mess that BSA has created.
Eagle Scout, 1981
Troop 1390, Woodbridge, VA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City