Re: Intolerance vs. Ignorance
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Fri, 2 Jun 1995 19:00:01 -0400
> Since religion is not required by BSA, only a belief in God, what do
> you do for those Scouts and Scouters that do not believe in prayer
> and are offended by it?
Then I suspect they have a problem with "A scout is reverent."
I too feel it is beneficial to be exposed
> to as many cultures, religions, etc as possible and would hope that
> offense would not be taken. However, telling someone else not to be
> offended is problematic at best.
> You seem to have a problem with efforts "to be as inoffensive as
> possible". Isn't that a part of what were supposed to do as
No. What we're supposed to be is courteous, kind, and reverent. Some
scouters and scouts seem to take offense at others' reverence.
Are you saying
that it's OK for some members to be > offended?
Yes. I'm saying its OK for some to be offended, if they are offended by
religion. What I'm also saying is that the non-denominational prayers
still offend the non-religious, without allowing a glimpse into the
scout's religion (if he has one).
Your mileage may vary.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City