Ronald W. Fox (ronfox@MINDSPRING.COM)
Tue, 25 Feb 1997 18:52:48 -0500
>I must take issue with your general disregard of the patriotism of
>Veterans of Foreign Wars and their patriotism. I feel you owe members of the
>VFW a sincere apology in questioning their love of this country. While I
>agree that their numbers may not love this country any more than you or I -
>they have all paid the price of serving this country when it called for their
>services and they deserve our utmost respect.
I don't believe that I did disregard the patriotism of the members of the VFW,
the American Legion, or any other veteran's group. No statement that I made
was meant to degrinate their patriotism. That would be foolish and
uncalled for. If there was anything in my remarks that would be so interpreted,
However, I refuse to believe that any group has a better handle on how to
instill patriotism and a proper respect for the flag in youth than an
organization that has spent the last 85 years working on it. The various
veteran's groups do not have a superior position in deciding how other
groups should treat it, outside of what is provided for by law. Quite
simply, they have no call to put pressure on the BSA to change the way they
treat the American flag, given that the BSA is in compliance with the law.
If they think the law needs revision, they are certainly free to petition
to change it.
If this stirs controversy, I would suggest that the issue be taken off-line
so as not to bother the rest of the list.
Scoutmaster, Troop 69, Des Plaines Valley Council (W&SW Chicago Suburbs)
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