Re: Religeous References
James Taylor (jimt.klahican@WORLDNET.ATT.NET)
Wed, 4 Dec 1996 16:18:58 -0800
Murphy Peter wrote:
> 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
> Carmel, Indiana
> Del-Mi District, Crossroads of America Council
> "I use to be Beaver . . ."
A Scout is Courteous. A Scout is Reverent. He respects the beliefs of others. Scouting
literature is filled with Interfaith prayers that are excellent, do not offend anyone,
and are appropriate to the occasion. Your particular faith may not be shared by all.
Do not inflict your beliefs on others and expect them to not inflict their beliefs on
James Taylor Red Fox SE-308
email@example.com Machkeu Wulalowe Sly Red Fox
Klahican 331 Record Keeper Cape Fear Council
"A good man dies when a boy goes wrong."
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