Re: Who Can't Join BSA?
Norman J. MacLeod (gaelwolf@MARLIN.SSNET.COM)
Tue, 22 Aug 1995 06:25:02 EDT
Regarding the Wiccans -
>BTW, they are NOT precluded from membership in the BSA. I know of a
>large number of Wiccan BSA Scouts. They have even developed their own
>Scouting religious award for their scouts.
However, to the best of my knowledge, the BSA has refused to accept this
particular religious award as part of the BSA programme?
I agree that it is unwise to equate Wicca with Satan-worship, as the poster
you were responding to did. Wicca is a very old religion, whether the
majority of people here agree with its tenets or not. Christianity, B'hai,
Judaism, Islam, Bhuddism, Hinduism, and the many other religions have all
followed varying paths for centuries. Religion has always been, and remains
one of the keys to many very vicious wars and disputes. For anyone who
subscribes to the Scout or Guide Promise amd Law, maligning another's
religion is very wrong, however uncomfortable we feel about the other's faith.
Religion is an area where the discussion can very easily turn into something
uglier and highly non-productive. It can also be an area where sharing our
beliefs with people of other faiths can be extremely rewarding. Perhaps the
individual you were responding to may be willing to come back with another
post to say something slightly different on the subject? I trust he may have
spoken from ignorance, assuming that something that someone had told him was
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City