Re: Culturally Sensitive Xmas
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Fri, 10 Nov 1995 07:40:34 -0500
> But, what about this scenario? Went to Summer Camp. Small camp called
> Daniel Boone! Well, I got stuck, with my son, at a table with LDS
> members. I hadn't been in scouting for too long at that time and was
> told I couldn't drink Iced Tea with any of my meals. It took some time
> until I figured it out. But I gotta tell you, this really rankled my
> chains. To force someone else to not do or DO something because of your
> religious beliefs is not tolerable.
As an LDS scouter, I apologise to you for someone else's insensitivity.
I would never object to your drinking iced tea with me, and don't know
other LDS who would. I guess you ran into someone with a different
idea. Did you ask the camp staff to move you? I would've. If you'd
insisted on smoking a cigar during dinner, I would've said something,
though. There are limits to my tolerance. :-) But your drinking/eating
_anything_ at a table with me is none of my business.
Good luck getting iced tea at a camp operated by, say, the Utah National
Parks Council, or the Great Salt Lake Council. I 'spect they don't have
much call for it.
BTW, observant LDS don't partake of tea, coffee, alcohol, or tobacco.
Other than asking you to smoke downwind (a common enuf request, these
days), what _you_ do in company of LDS folk is your own business, not ours.
> My district meets at an LDS church and I adhere to their beliefs on those
> evenings. What is the big deal for an evening? But to make me suffer
> with only bug juice for 1 week is not for me.
I thank you for not demanding we serve coffee, etc. to you while you're
our guest for the evening. Bug juice for a week is too much suffering
Paul H. Brown, UC, GW District, National Capital Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City