Re: LDS & Iced Tea
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Fri, 10 Nov 1995 13:40:29 -0500
Thanks for pointing out that most all LDS folks are not intolerant
tyrants at the dinner table. I'm sorry to hear that Robert had the
experience he did. If everyone behaved in the manner of his dinner
companions you might find a situation like this (please read the whole
post folks - this is not intended to be disrespectful of anyone):
Camp Cook: Welcome to Camp Runamuck, what would you like for supper?
Scout 1 (LDS): Absolutely no tea or coffee at this table.
Scout 2 (Jewish): And everything must be Kosher,
Scout 3 (Islam): And meet our dietary code too,
Scout 4 (Hindu): Definitely no beef,
Scout 5 (Vegetarian): And of course not even fish or fowl - no meat,
Scout 6 (Allergic Scout): I get sick at even the smell of milk,
Scout 7 (???) I hate vegetables and anyone else that eats 'em,
Scout 8 (Ex-binger/Dieter): The doctor says I can't eat anywhere near
sweets or deserts yet.
Camp Cook: I'll bring you a pot of water and some bug juice mix that
you can debate. Enjoy your meal.
And so the Camp Runamuck patrol with all of its aggressive intolerance to
others went on a crash diet that day.
When we say the Scout Law and get to the Twelfth Point - Reverant, we are
promising not only for ourselves to be true in our beliefs, but also to
respect the beliefs and religious practices of others, which means that
Scouting is about tolerance and understanding. We absolutely need to be
willing to grow in understanding of others and respect their religious
practices. For example, if your unit has a variety of religions
represented you would encourage the Scouts to take into account any
dietary considerations in the menu planning to make sure there is plenty
of good food for everyone. Encourage give and take and the sharing of
ideas and you'll find the Scouts do very well at picking a variety that
has enough stuff for everyone. And when you are planning a special treat
for the Patrol Leader Council, you'd do the same; e.g. you wouldn't order
pizza with pork sausage knowing that some of PLC were Jewish or Islamic.
Likewise you wouldn't invite a group of prospective Hindu Scouts to a
beef bar-b-que. Or ask an LDS unit to run an iced tea hospitality booth
at the Scout Show.
What this comes down to is that we as Scouts should be trying to
anticipate and understand each other's needs and be exemplary in our
courtesy and civility. We shouldn't, however, go so far as to impose our
beliefs on others, instead respecting the differences.
Camp Cook: Welcome to Camp Good Hope, what would you like for supper?
Scout 1 (LDS): Hey fellas how about some Orange juice? We could all order
different juices and make a killer punch.
Scout 2 (Jewish): Can we get a variety of meats? Maybe some fish and chicken?
Scout 3 (Islam): And maybe some chicken soup?
Scout 4 (Hindu): Rice with some curry?
Scout 5 (Vegetarian) And a great big salad and some spinach.
Scout 6 (Allergic Scout) Do you have any dutch oven biscuits?
Scout 7 (???) How about a fruit plate?
Scout 8 (Ex-binger/Dieter) Hey I know everyone likes desert - just don't
get it too close to me and leave some fruit for me.
Camp Cook: It'll take few minutes, but we can do it. Enjoy your meal.
And so the Scouts of Camp Good Hope had a banquet of strange and delightful
foods. Next week they are headed for Camp Misery a diet camp, where they'll
work off the extra pounds they gained.
If I have offended, I confess to ignorance (e.g. still learning) by way of
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
DDC-Training, GW Dist. Nat Capital Area Council mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
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