Re: Religious freedom/hat removal
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Sun, 21 May 1995 08:38:29 -0400
> In the area of Scout tradition honoring tolerance, I would be
> interested in knowing how others would react to Quaker Scouts not
> wishing to remove their hats.
I'm waiting for this to happen here in my council! *g*
Here in the South, being open to all religions often means including the
Lutherans, Presbyterians, and Roman Catholics with the Southern Baptists as
long as they don't make too much of a fuss.
A Scout -- or Leader! -- nearly invariably offers grace before meals and
concludes with something along the lines of "...in Jesus' name we pray..."
The demand before prayer is always "A Scout is Reverent, please remove your
hat." I can imagine the scene that would develop should someone, unknown to
the ptb's, be Jewish or a Quaker and then stand up for his customs. A lot
of Southerners would get a crash course in religious tolerance that day!
It's not that anyone is intolerant towards or against other religions, they
just are ignorant about them, especially the Scouts, due to lack of
exposure. This is vastly different from when I grew up on Long Island. We
have a Quaker college here in NC, but I know of none involved in Scouting.
Even though we have a synagogue nearby, the Jewish community is very small
here and I know of none who are Scouts.
My only quandry would be whether I should remain "covered" when a Jew or
Quaker would offer grace. What would be proper in this case, to follow my
custom (and uncover) or theirs (and remain covered)?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City