Re: Religious stuff
Jim Hermann (jhermann@AIS.NET)
Wed, 23 Nov 1994 13:43:16 -0600
>>If a Beaver Scout, Cub Scout, Scout or Venture Scout does not belong to a
>>religious body, the Scouter responsible for his training must endeavour to put
>>him in touch with one....
>Why is this? I realize that Scouting and religion have been tied since
>Scouting began, but I find this annoying. I am atheist and have been for
>several years now. Although they do nothing for me, I regard attending the
Strong moral values are a key part of all Scouting and religions help
most people obtain strong moral values.
Do you believe in anything larger than yourself? To many people (and
some atheists), "God" is just the word that they use to describe those
things that are larger than themselves, whether it is the universe, a
supreme being, the Earth, or a Pagan Wiccan Lord and Lady.
To others, some with very strong religious beliefs, the word "God" means
something that to completely opposed to their current beliefs. They
often associate the word with the "God of their parents" and they have
rebelled aginst these beliefs and the wrongs that have been done it in the
name of that "God".
>pestered about my lack of religion by my leaders (although thankfully not
>recently) and this annoys me. I had figured out my beliefs by the age of 16,
Do you really lack any religion? No philosophy at all? Ever notice
who bookstores put all the books about Judeo-Christianity in the
"Religion" section, but books about Buddhism and Taoism go into the
"Philosophy" section? This is just our Western bias and has no reality.
>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.
>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 those
> of us who do not believe? It's not a big thing, just something I've been
>wondering about for a while....
"Everyone has to believe in something." says the sage.
What _do_ you believe?
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