Re: Religious References
Kirk Harline (kharline@OANET.COM)
Thu, 5 Dec 1996 00:30:31 -0700
On Dec 4 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. . .
And on Dec 4 James Taylor wrote:
>"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 you. . .
We had a similar experience just last week. We held the annual Chief Scout
and Queen Venturer Award Ceremony here in Edmonton (Alberta, Canada). The
invocation was offered by a Christian, but he changed the way he normally
prayed so as to not offend the scouts in the audience who were Islamic. By
so doing, he did offend some of his own faith. By trying to not offend, you
will still offend others.
My solution would have been to have an invocation offered by someone of one
faith and a benediction (closing prayer) offered by a member of another
faith. (In fact, all our weekly meetings begin and end with prayer). I
would much rather celebrate our differences and have integrity in my own
faith than to compromise my personal beliefs. I have no problem with
allowing all men the privilege of worshipping Almighty God--Let them worship
how, where or what they may. But I will worship according to the dictates
of *my* own conscience. A scout Sunday in February would be an excellent
time for a troop/pack with diverse religious beliefs to celebrate (rather
than "inflict") those convictions and explain them so as to not confuse the
young men. It would also give families the opportunity to strengthen and
discuss their own faith. A Scout is Loyal -- to the God whom he worships,
and does his duty to God.
37th LDS Scout Group
Edmonton, AB Canada
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City