Charles Schmidt (schmidt@UNIX3.IS.TCU.EDU)
Tue, 22 Nov 1994 22:37:13 -0600
The discussion of drinking while in a scout uniform calls to mind an
event of my college days. It was summer and I was attending a national
meeting of the Lutheran Students Association in Valparaso, Indiana (I
have no earthly idea of how to spell the name of that town at this point,
but I am much too lazy to look it up). On at least two evenings I recall
having difficulty getting into the bar near the college because most of
the tables were taken by Lutheran campus pastors in their clerical
collars. I assure you, I am no worse for the wear.
With due respect to my Southern Baptist friends, Martin Luther, a man of
good reputation (at least in my book), is quoted as saying "Love your God
and drink your beer."
It would be foolish to argue that there is no harm in excessive
drinking. There is a growing body of evidence that moderate drinking is
actually healthful. Both facts are irrelevant to the discussion at
Another aspect of the thread is the example we set to the boys. I find
it hard to believe that they would be surprised to learn that some of
their leaders drink alcoholic beverages. And the notion that there is no
was of distinguishing adult from child behavior is ludicrous. There are
any number of things which are perfectly acceptable adult behavior which
are forbidden to children and even young adults. Take driving, for
example. It is a matter of both maturity, judgement, and (in the case of
drinking), body weight and metabolic capacity.
I do not drink in public when wearing my uniform. I do drink in the
company of non-drinkers, and I do not judge them for not drinking. The
uniform is a symbol, just like the flag. There are guidelines to show
respect for the uniform, and not drinking is one of them in this
country. That little dot you see there is a period.
Charles Schmidt firstname.lastname@example.org
SM, Troop 64
Longhorn Council, Fort Worth, Texas
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