Re: Culturally Sensitive Xmas/Religious References
Chaplain Morrison (aettch@EMAIL.GRAFENWOEHR.ARMY.MIL)
Wed, 11 Dec 1996 16:37:15 -0500
If it is going to be a Christmas Party, it will be religious. You cannot
take Christ out of Christmas.
If you want to make it a holiday party, keep all aspects of the occasion
I do think many other-than-Christian families have been hooked by "Santa"
who is a completely secular figure today. I don't think that most people
think of him as some sort of a Christian Saint anymore. There are many
stories about the holiday season which may be used to teach the lesson of
love and sharing (like the one by O'Henry about the husband and wife who
each sacrifice their most treasured possession for the other).
Pluralism and sensitivity are fine, but we must not send the message that
religion is unimportant or impersonal. It is both very personal and very
important and if Scouts are to be "reverent", they must be true to their God
and their personal faith. An example: many Christians (to be true to their
faith) will not let their children participate in Halloween activities.
This is a matter of conscience and parental belief in teaching their
children from their personal religious perspective.
I advise: If an event is to be religious, keep it true to the meaning of the
occasion. Otherwise, keep it secular.
TCC, BSA Troop 261
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City