Re: God and things...?
Jo Paoletti (jpaolett@ARHU.UMD.EDU)
Tue, 14 Dec 1993 10:15:27 EST
My sentiments exactly. I would go so far as to say that Scouting (Boy
or Girl) abdicates its fundamental purpose when it attempts to define,
advocate or coerce a particular the religious beliefs of its members.
Those who think it should, and who try to bar from membership anyone
who does not conform to their views on God, will probably never agree.
Maybe we in the U.S. are heading for a multiple organization model,
such as exists in those countries which have Catholic Scouting,
Protestant Scouting, etc. But given our cultural diversity, that
would appear to be suicidal to the movement. Leaders, how do YOU
handle the issue of God and religion in your own dens and troops?
Perhaps at the local level there exists a model for our national
organization. Somehow, the rhetoric about "atheists and God-haters" in
the abstract doesn't always hold up when the person is question, is a
neighbor, a co-leader, a schoolmate, or a sister Scout.
Jo Paoletti email@example.com
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