DRP and Good Citizens
James H. McCullars (mccullarsj@EMAIL.UAH.EDU)
Mon, 16 May 1994 15:01:14 -0500
Responding to Byron Hynes <bph@GOV.NT.CA>
--> My last message was in direct response to this quote:
--> > than this. Nowhere -- not in any Scout literature, SM Fundamentals, Wood
--> > Badge, or Roundtable that I have ever attended -- have I ever gotten the
--> > impression that I was to teach that anyone was "morally inferior" to anyon
--> > else.
Yes, those are my words, and I stand by them.
--> So, *IF* the DRP says that only those who subscribe to it can be "the best
--> kind of citizen", it must imply that those don't/won't/can't are NOT the
--> "best" kind of citizen. If they are not the "best" citizens, they must be
--> "lesser" citizens.
Since I was not privy to the discussions that no doubt accompanied the
authoring of the DRP, I cannot say for sure what it "must imply".
--> There are some interesting word choices made by BSA... it appears, to me,
--> from reading the DRP and the quote immediately above, that non-subscribers
--> to the DRP can be "good" but not "best" citizens.
I don't have a copy of the DRP here, either. I've read it, but I
certainly have not given it the kind of word-by-word, phrase-by-phrase
scrutiny that I would, were it my intent to club someone over the head with
My original statement was in reply to someone who said that the BSA
required its leaders to teach that certain persons were morally inferior
(and I think he was referring to the homosexual issue, not the DRP issue).
I replied that I didn't think I was required to teach that anyone was
"morally inferior" to anyone else. And I still don't. If you feel that
the DRP contains something that states otherwise, then please quote the
whole thing rather than just a few catch phrases, and we'll go from there.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City