C. Robinson - Religious Intolerance
Robert L. Eskridge (bob@DOUG.NMSU.EDU)
Mon, 17 Jul 1995 08:48:50 -0700
Charles Robinson recently wrote about his concerns regarding his chartering
organization's, a protestant church, representative speaking at troop
gatherings. Specifically, he has problems when he says Christian prayers
and speaks on religious duties.
Let me get this straight. The troop asked this church to be it's sponser;
to use it's building; to pay for the utilities the troop uses; and, to
provide committee members from its congregation. In general, provide the
infrastructure and adopt this troop so it can provide a program for the
boys. I assume the parents of the boys know who sponsers this troop.
Evidently they don't have a problem with it.
It my understanding that you are not comfortable when the IR says a
protestant prayer or speaks at troop functions with a religious theme. My
question is why did you ask this congregation to be the troop's sponser?
Do you say grace at your meals? Do you lead or ensure religious services
are provided on troop campouts? Don't you have a troop chaplin? It seems
to me the job of the troop leadership is to provide training and guidance
on all 12 points of the Scout law not just the first 11 and relegate the
12th to the "Scout's Own" abyss. If you feel uncomfortable personally
handling the 12th point, I would feel lucky to have someone available to
delegate it to.
Maybe you need to find another sponser. It sounds like you haven't been
very "tolerate" of any direct religious experiences in your troop. Keep in
mind the sponsering organization "owns" the troop, not the scoutmaster or
Eagle Scout '76
Vigil Member '77
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President, Trinity Lutheran Church
Robert L. Eskridge
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