God and things...?
David Schofield (schofieldd@NEWI.AC.UK)
Tue, 14 Dec 1993 13:30:24 GMT
Well, having read with interest the debate on the recent court ruling in
America, I feel compelled to voice my opinions on the matter, 'cos basically,
that is what this list is for..
I am an ex-cub, ex-scout (Chiefs Scout), and now, an ex-venture scout, and I
have never, for as long as I can remember, believed in religion, which I
believe makes me an atheist. I have also got very little time, or respect, for
the Queen, and the majority of the royal family. So, over the twelve or so
years, of my membership of the scouts I had to compromise my beliefs every time
the scout promise and law was said. Now, seeing as one of the fundamental
beliefs of scouting is honesty, surely it is a little hypocritical for an
association to put somebody in the position where they have to either
compromise there beliefs and take the promise, or, remain honest to themselves
and not be allowed to join.
To me, scouting was not about religion, and, in fact, the majority of the
members of my venture scout unit (Some of which are now ADC's) were of a
similar disposition (is that the right word ;)) to me, and were also
IMHO scouting is about teaching younger members of the community to be
responsible, and mature, and giving them leadership values which are useful
throughout the course of their lives. And, for introducing them to activities
which they would otherwise have very little chance of actually taking part in
(especially climbing, abeiling, canoeing, camping, etc).
I also believe that it is not the job of the scout association to influence the
religious beliefs of any of its members, but to teach the workings, and
beliefs, of all of the major religions, IF there is to be any religious
involvement. It is on religious grounds that I personally feel unable to become
a scout leader, if, that is, the association will let an atheist get into such
Anyway, Thats the end of this posting, I would like to hear the views of other
members of the list, especially people in the same position.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City