Joyce McKibben (MCKIBBEN@MSUVX2.MEMST.EDU)
Tue, 23 Nov 1993 22:55:07 -0600
I am speaking for myself. Don will probably be quite surprised when I tell
him that I actually posted a message of my own.
For quite some time I've listened to the debate concerning the BSA and
homosexuals and atheists. These two issues appear to polarize Scouters
and I have watched as flames dart back and forth across the Net. IMHO, the
posting from Rec.Scouting was not one of the high points.
Not everyone who disagrees with BSA National on these issues is a wild-eyed
PC-driven maniac out to destroy the Boy Scouts. Personally I hold to the old
fashioned belief that how a person (boy or adult) lives is far more important
that who he sleeps with or what he reveres as the central power in the universe.
I am old fashioned enough to believe in and try to live by a code of honor and
that is what I thought we were trying to teach the boys.
Years ago I knew an older gentleman who was an atheist and asked him how he
dealt with the word "God" in the myriad oaths and promises he'd encountered.
He replied that while he didn't believe in God, he fervantly believed in that
part of mankind that strove for justice, brotherhood and peace and had no
difficulty in pledging himself and trying to live up to that better part of
Perhaps, someday, the BSA will be able to transcend the need to react to labels
and judge by actions those who care deeply about honor and duty and wish to
help instill those values in our young men.
Apology for the sermon. Once a preacher's kid, always a preacher's kid. I
believe strongly in the ideals of the BSA; it's some of their methods I believe
could change without endangering those ideals. Meanwhile I work within the
program and hope for the future.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City