Re: Religious stuff
Jim Hermann (jhermann@AIS.NET)
Wed, 23 Nov 1994 14:03:01 -0600
> I read your mail and I would like to add my point of view...
>I'm a scout too as all of you in this list (I think all are scouts here) and I'
>m also, just like you, an atheist ... as many scouts I now...And this fact does
>n't make us worse or better than anyone ... But as you said it's sometimes cons
>tranging when you need to talk about religion and the others want to convert yo
Especially when Scouts want to convert you a specific religion.
> I saw something interesting on the list other day...it was something ab
>out accepting or not Budism as a religion (I think it was something like this..
>.if I'm wrong, please someone correct me.) . And I was thinking that not only a
>theits but also budists, Islamists (is that word correct?) and other with other
>religions than not Catolic, are always annoyed or disturbed or maybe just not u
>ndersted and suportted by the others... And I also think that this is not very
>far... I'm sure that not only Heather but all who read this should understand w
>hat am I trying to say...
Are most or all of the Scout Troops in Brazil sponsored by the Catholic
Church? If you can find a troop with a different sponsor, you may find
others that are more supportive of differing views.
What kind of Atheist are you? Do you deny belief in any "God", in anything
larger than yourself, or just deny the Catholic "God"?
> I don't wan't a different promisse...I don't want nothing special...I j
>ust want that the other scouts TRY to understand and respect my point of view a
>s I try to do with them...It's not so difficult...
Why not ask for a different promise? In the US, the Girl Scouts are allowed
to substitute othe the word "God" in their Oath. Except in the US, Boy
Scouts in most conttries are allowed to get special permission of their
religious beliefs are inconsistant with using the word "God" in an oath.
Even in the US, I have been told that a Native American Troop has been
authorized to use the word "Spirit" in place of "God".
> One more thing: I would like to thank Heather for bringing up such an i
An I thank you both. It is not a easy thing to discuss with a group of
people who mostly swear an oath to "duty to God". I hope that we
also live up to our responsibility to be tolerant of the beliefs of
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