Re: Court ruling
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Thu, 9 Dec 1993 09:22:37 -0600
Just a really quick word on the court ruling. BSA has NEVER stopped agnostics
from joining our movement. Agnostics believe in a supreme being, power, etc.
That is all that BSA requires. It is atheists that this ruling effects, and
those are "one who denies the existence of God" (from the dictionary, folks).
I believe it was the Washington Post article that misstated this point, and it
IS a valid point. I personally know several agnostics who are in our movement,
and even hold the Silver Beaver. Lord Baden-Powell, nor any of our founders,
nor our current religious statement, requires you to believe in Jesus Christ,
or similar calling of God.
When, in the past BSA has printed on applications that the people must believe
in a Supreme Being, we have no legal actions brought against us, there are no
problems, when National changes it as it has to "believe in God" we have a
By the way, Buddhists ARE allowed in our program, we have religious awards for
the kids, Islam Scouting is allowed, and we have awards for them. However, I
am reminded by my Buddhist friend, Buddha was not and is not a god!
So -- our Rules and Regulations require a belief in a Supreme Being, and in the
case of two agnostics I personally know in our program, they strongly believe
that that Supreme Being is an elec. force out in the universe somewhere. Who
am I to dispute their right to believe?
Steve, you SHOULD write directly to Chicago Area Council, exactly what you sent
us -- they are not smart enough to be able to state the facts (and you are
correct on them.)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City