Re: Religious References
Murphy Peter (MurphyP@RND3.INDY.TCE.COM)
Wed, 4 Dec 1996 13:41:00 EST
You asked about using prayers that are generic versus one that
reflects a particular church.
I believe that religious tolerance means that each individual should
be able to pray in the way dictated by their own faith and that others
should not take offense and nobody should demand that you NOT
practice your usual faith. Therefore, I believe a leader should be
allowed to offer a prayer in front of a group that strongly reflects the
leader's faith even if it is a little different from others in the group.
After all, a Scout is BRAVE. But then that means that at future
gatherings, other members of the group should be allowed to
offer a prayer in front of the group that strongly reflects THEIR
I also believe that if you water down a prayer so as to make it
generic and try to avoid any offense, then you can go so far as to
remove almost all religious content. If that happens, what is the
point of the prayer? Let each of us proudly proclaim our faith and
heritage and not hide it out of shame or fear that someone else
may be intolerant.
In keeping with Michael Pagelkopf's suggestions I will say that
the above is my opinion. If you disagree with it I will respect your
opinion but that doesn't mean I'll shrink away from mine. However,
I will keep an open mind and listen to friendly arguments.
Peter M. Murphy :: firstname.lastname@example.org
SM T125, TC P125, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church
Del-Mi District, Crossroads of America Council
"I use to be Beaver . . ."
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