Re: Supreme Court decision
Rick Busdiecker (rfb@CMU.EDU)
Thu, 9 Dec 1993 09:28:51 EST
Date: Wed, 8 Dec 93 16:05:57 -0500
If I didn't personally subscribe to the membership requirements of
the Scouts, then I certainly wouldn't want my son signing on as a
member. It's just common sense.
In response to `love it or leave it' style arguments, many of us
prefer to tag on `or change it'. A couple of aspects of the situation
that are relevent to my own feelings on this are (a) other scouting
organizations come from the same roots and differ from BSA on
important issues of discrimination and (b) throughout my boyhood and
early adult experiences in BSA, these issues were hardly mentioned.
`Duty to God' was in the eye of the beholder -- athiests presumeably
having quite little. I'd never heard anyone argue so vehemently that
athiesm and agnositicism *couldn't* be religions before this issue
became such a focal point for National. Sex in general, and
homosexuality in particular just weren't discussed.
In my mind, this says that these issues are not the fundamental
elements that make Scouting what it is. Therefor it is wholey
appropriate to work to keep the good and eliminate the bad.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City