E. C. HALE (ARTHALE@EKU.BITNET)
Wed, 24 Nov 1993 16:44:21 -0500
Happy Thanksgiving to All,
I have previously typed a long, bandwidth eating, message on this
subject - my editor ate it! It must be an omen to be brief!?
REGARDING BUDDHISM: I've been a little surprised that apparently no one
looked in the Scout Handbook. Try page 626. There you'll see the "Sangha"
religious award given by the Buddhist Church of America. FYI, Sangha means
"wheel". I'd previously checked with several sources on the matter (my
own studies in the area are over thirty years in the past) and all agreed
that Buddhists had a belief in God. Whether this is parsed out as Diesm or
Thiesm, it still works out to the recognition of, or belief in, a God.
A RELATED MATTER: About two weeks ago the contention was made that "some
native americans didn't believe in God". This seemed wrong to me, so I
did some checking on the matter. BTW, one of my sources is an indian (his
term). So far as I've been able to determine, all major groups of "native
americans" have a belief in a God/Supreme Being. This is usually expressed
as a belief in The Manitou or Great Spirit. N. B., this does not preclude
various sorts of animism, etc. However, it is the underlying belief overall.
SCOUTING'S ATTITUDE TOWARDS AETHIESM: The following are quotes from SCOUTING
FOR BOYS, by Robert Baden-Powell, 35th ed., 1st printing May 1991, The Scout
Association, London. First quote - p. 224; Second quote - p. 231
(1) "Our highest loyalty is to God; we can show that by carrying out our
duties to the Church to which we belong, and by keeping our Promise as Scouts."
(2) "No man is much good unless he believes in God and obeys His laws.
So every Scout should have a religion.
Religion seems a very simple thing:
First: Love and serve God. Second: Love and serve your neighbor.
In doing your duty to God always be grateful to Him. Whenever you
enjoy a pleasure or a good game, or succeed in doing a good thing, thank
Him for it, if only with a word or two, just as you say grace at a meal.
And it is a good thing to bless other people. For instance, if you see a
train starting off, just pray for God's blessing on all that are in the train."
No comment needed.
Again, Happy Thanksgiving
Please forgive any typos, I'm rsshed for time.
Carroll Hale SM-T118 ST. MARK RICHMOND, KY.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City