Re: Prayer policies and practices
Neil Gould (neilgould@TI.COM)
Fri, 18 Aug 1995 08:55:29 -0500
Obviously, since I brought this up, I have some concerns.
> To my knowledge, our council does not have a policy per se about
> prayer policies. However, the twelfth Scout Law states "A scout is
> reverent." That means that he RESPECTS the faith of others. This
> applies both to he who is praying AND to those who are hearing the
> I do NOT believe in "neutering" a prayer so that it has no meaning to
Someone else said "neutering" and I do not know what this means.
>Just a short word on prayer. As an Orthodox Jew let me say that I have not
>been "offended" by prayers offered by people of other faiths but that I have
>often not felt included. I cannot say amen (I agree) to prayers that I do
>not agree with.
I do feel "uncomfortable", but I am used to it. Another concern I have is
for my son and other non-Christians. At a camporee a few years ago, the
service started out by singing "Jesus loves me". There were only 1000
adults there and I am sure my son and I were not the only non-Christians
>So if you give a prayer "in the name of ..." Just be aware
>that there may be some people who cannot say amen to it.
This is the part of a prayer that also makes me feel not included and is
part of my objections.
>Instead of calling a prayer "non" denominational perhaps what we need to
look for is "all" denominational.
I have been offered 'equal time' to do a prayer at a district awards dinner.
How would Christians and othes feel if I did the Jewish prayer before a meal
in Hebrew? Would you feel not included and uncomfortable? This is a
real question, not just rhetorical.
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