Intolerance vs. Ignorance
Ron W. Fox (RonWFox@AOL.COM)
Thu, 1 Jun 1995 13:17:11 -0400
I have been following the thread of how to accomodate differing religious
within Scouting and during Scouting functions. The current approach seems to
be to use some sort of generic invocation that can be stretched to cover as
supreme deities as possible.
After reading this list, and after thinking about my own experiences as a
must say that I don't think this is the right approach. I think it's a good
youth (and adults for that matter) to hear someone else invoke their own
God in their own way.
An example; religions used picked at random, no specific message intended on
If a Catholic youth, sitting over his meal to say grace, hears an Islamic
thanking Allah for the bread they are about to eat (or however this is done
Islam, I have no idea), it's going to:
1) help him understand a little about how Islamic youth approach religion and
their supreme being
2) help him view Islam as a valid way of approaching a relationship with a
3) help him understand Muslims as people, rather than some mysterious group
he knows nothing about (note that fear is commonly based on ignorance).
4) and maybe, just maybe, by having the difference thrown in his face, think
bit about how HE approaches HIS religion, instead of rattling off the
he makes as a formulaic ritual with no thought behind it.
Again: if it makes you feel more comfortable, substitute any other two
know of in the above example: my intent is the same.
Some people don't agree with some of the above (especially point 2). Some
think that only the prayers of their religion are valid, and thus their son
would not be "covered" or adequately observing the requirements of their
the above happened. I invite comment. Personally, I don't think my son will
in Hell if he hears grace said by a Buddhist at his next campout.
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