Religous Tolarence Please
Daniel W Brown (dabrown2@VT.EDU)
Thu, 20 Jul 1995 12:57:33 +0600
>I am going to jump in here to back up Bob on his response to Scouter
>Robinson. If you are asking for support from someone, it also means that
>you share some of their beliefs, political, religious, whatever.
On one hand I agree with you that there is a shared belief between Mr
Robinson and the church. That belief is in the value of scouting and of the
youth in that troop. This does not preclude disagrement on any other issue:
political, religious, whatever. It also does not require Mr. Robinson to go
along with anything and everything that the church does.
Most correspondants in our discussion have based thier response on the
troops ownership by the church as giving the church liscense to do what it
wants. I don't disagree that BSAs organization gives them this right. But
like all rights, it should be practiced with curtesy and sensitivity to the
rights and beliefs of others. I believe that the church official was within
his rights to do as he did but showed great insensitivity in doing so.
As dangerous as being insensitive to someone else's religion is being
oversensitive. I have had to guard against this in myself for decades and I
think I recognize it in Mr Robinson's complaint. All members of my non
christian denomenation make up less than one quarter of one precent of the
population. As a member of a religious minority, I can identify with Mr.
Robinson's feelings of overexposure to more mainstream religious views. I
think he may be as much oversensitive as the church official is insensitive.
What we need in scouting and in the country is to give everyone's beliefs a
little more space. Sometimes that means not exercizing one of your rights
in deference to other's rights. Sometimes that means thinking before you
I used to be a fox
Dan Brown ASM Troop 56 Blacksburg VA
New River District, Blue Ridge Mountains Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City