Re: Who Can't Join BSA?
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Sun, 27 Aug 1995 02:18:12 -0400
Pardon me if I stray...
Things have not gone well with me lately and I saw something I wish to share.
Mike Walton wrote:
>John (and Claudia personally) have both noticed my disconnect between
>a religion and where it worships. Sorry gang, but I get Hindus and
>Moslems mixed up.
I'm sure he could not realize the meaning that simple inocuous sentence
means right now. It is now 2am on Sunday and I sit here in tears having
just finished watching _Gandhi_. I am behind in the times, so to speak, and
have not seen this film before now. I also admit to knowing much less about
Mahatma Gandhi than I should.
In his struggle for an independent India he envisioned a single India for
all Indians: Hindu, Moslem, Sikh, Jew and Christian. As the struggle
became a reality, religious hatreds arose between the Hindus and Moslems.
India was partitioned into India and Pakistan when idependence was declared
(Pakistan later became Pakistan and Bangladesh -- like a BSA merger in
Massive migrations between the two nations ensued as whordes of people
headed to the country of their religion. Later riots developed and a state
of near civil war ensued. Gandhi, by then an old man, fasted almost to
death to bring peace between the Moslems and Hindus and peace was restored.
Afterwards he announced a trip to Pakistan.
While on the way to prayers (at least in the movie) a Moslem bowed before
him, took out a gun, and shot him. Gandhi died. If only more people would
be like Mike and "get Hindus and Moslems mixed up."
An eye for an eye and soon everyone in the world is blind.
We have much we can learn from history.
Sorry to go off on such a tangent. Given all the discussions that have gone
on lately here and on rec.scouting about religion, religious tolerance, and
who may join the BSA and what faiths they may or may not have, I thought
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