Scouting and Religion
Tom Conlon (t.conlon2@GENIE.GEIS.COM)
Mon, 25 Jul 1994 23:51:00 UTC
Well, *this* ought to contribute a few more flames to the fire.
I've been pretty much lurking in this discussion, but now I think that
it's time for me to put in my 2 cent's worth.
FWIW, this whole "Belief in a Supreme Being" issue scares me. It seems to
me that BSA, like just about every other organization in the country, is
"running scared" of the "Christian" Fundamentalists and "traditional
family values" crowd. This is resulting in BSA's turning away good people
who would be an asset to the program.
IMAO, a "Supreme Being" is whatever *you* believe in. You may call it
"God;" you may hug trees; you may call it "The Force." The Athiests
happen to "worship" the self; the Unitarians a "Universal God". Their
beliefs are no less valid than mine and **no one** has the right to tell
me that my beliefs are less worthy than theirs. I happen to be a
Catholic, however, I was raised to believe: "Don't spit in the other man's
rice bowl, he may be right."
I think that BSA, like other organizations, is a deliberate target of the
"Christian" movement, that seems to be bent on taking over *every* facet
of American life and molding it to *their* standards of what *they* think
we should be. Their attitudes are decidely *non*-Christian. From what I
know of my religion, Christ, like the Jews of time immemorial, was
accepting of other religions and their philosophies. What He, and we,
believed was that our religion is right for us, and yours was/is right for
you. *How dare* the so-called "Christian right" tell the Atheists,
"Pagans," non-christians, etc. that they should be excluded.
Based on their reasoning, even the Order of the Arrow could be in jeopardy
of being disbanded because they "worship" a "God" that's different from
I fear for our mevement if they get in control. All that we have worked
for over the last 80 years stands to be perverted to their standard of
what they think "Christian" values should be.
FWIW, that's my 2 cent's worth (well maybe 25 cents).
YIS & WWW
Tom Conlon, MC, Troop 304, Harrison, NJ,
Brotherhood Member, Mantowagan Lodge 14
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