Re: Religious stuff
Richard May (rpm@SYS.UEA.AC.UK)
Tue, 22 Nov 1994 12:12:14 +0000
> However, several times I have been
> pestered about my lack of religion by my leaders (although thankfully not
> recently) and this annoys me.
Can you criticise leaders for doing what they have promised to do, when
they made their promise to become a leader.
>I had figured out my beliefs by the age of 16,
> and it made me uncomfortable when people tried to convert me, especially when
> it was in the context of Guiding, where I was just beginning to feel
> comfortable with myself and my beliefs.
Surely you are not closing your mind to other possibilities, 16 is a
young age to finally decide on such a complex matter. I would reccomend
that you keep your mind open to possibillities, and lsiten to those who
> It also annoyed me that, when I was recently invested as a Rover, I had to
> swear to do my duty to God. It wasn't a big thing, but it lessened the
> experience for me somewhat, as I had to swear to an idea in which I don't
> believe, and which I find mildly distasteful.
How can you swear to somthing in which you do not believe. When I was
confirmed into my church I accepted all of the rules of the church, and
when I made my Scout promise, all accepted all the the promise and law
said, it is not up to us to be selective.
> This doesn't actually have much of a point. I was just wondering if others
> felt the same? And wondering if there is an alternative Promise etc. for
> of us who do not believe? It's not a big thing, just something I've been
> wondering about for a while....
There are alternatives, i.e. youth groups etc, if you want to be in
Scouting/Guiding, then you must accept its conditions, or at least be
open to them.
I hope that you do not see my posting as a personal attack to you, I
would not like it to be read in that way. However, as I am sure I have
made clear, I have strong views on this subject, and I felt it
appropriate to make them known.
Richard May (ACSL, 19th Norwich, England)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City