Re: Who Can't Join BSA?
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Mon, 21 Aug 1995 12:26:42 -0500
In 1988, 1990, 1994, I assisted with the organization of 2 packs, 2
troops, and one exp. post, all Islamic. (Moslem)
There are religious awards for Hindus, and they are MOST welcome to
join, in fact we even have suport materials for Moslem, Islam, Hindu,
etc. to assist in organizing without breaking THEIR culture
requirements. i.e. the yellow blouses of adult CS leaders can be seen
through, thus they can not be worn except under covering.
Your fastest reference is the CS leaders' book, Troop committee
guidebook, etc. (there also is a poster and pamhlet with all of the
religious awards on them) ANYONE who believes in a supreme being may join our
movement; who is an American citizen (or has written permission from
his own country to join, in which case the pledge to American flag,
etc. is waived); as an adult you must be 21 or over to be a top unit
leader; 18 yrs old can be asst. leaders, but not primary, and can not
register as part of a unit committee; and they applicant must pass the
referrals; and of course we do not admit homosexuals.
We do not FORCE anyone to say oath or pledge if within their religious
requirements this is expressly disallowed.
All of the above has been tried and tested over and over and over in
our country's supreme court, and BSA always wins the cases and loses
tons of more money that should go to our kids.
> Our troop (and pack/post) has had members who are Hindu.
> I always wondered about their eligibility, but because none
> of them refused to learn/repeat the Scout Oath, etc, I didn't
> question their membership. Besides, they all attended the
> Christian school that sponsors our units. Can anyone state
> with certainty that they are not eligible to join?
> I checked the Insignia Guide and did not see a religious emblem
> for Hindus. However, there are emblems for some other
> religions that might be suspect on the the grounds of not having
> a divine being or neither affirming or denying a supreme reality.
> Also, what is a Wiccan?
> YiS -- Utah Cox, Iberville, Louisiana; ex-everything
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