Re: US Citizenship required for BSA membership?
Mark Wright (mdwright@GLOBALFRONTIERS.COM)
Mon, 21 Jul 1997 23:06:30 -0400
> >The son used to drive his teacher nuts because he wouldn't say the
> >Pledge of Allegiance
> There is a huge difference between learning or pledging. You didn't define
> what "say" means.
> For a guest, it makes lots of sense to "learn" our citizenship rituals.
> Common courtesy requires non citizens to "honor" our citizenship
> rituals; e.g when we say the Pledge of Allegiance, non citizens should
> stand up and be sincere.
> However it is unbelievably rude to require anybody who is citizen
> of another country to "pledge" the Pledge of Allegiance.
The only requirement concerning the Pledge in BSA is to earn the Boy
"3. Repeat the Pledge of Allegience."
Repeat, not pledge. We had a boy who held dual citizenship (Canada and
South Africa.) There was no question, and no problem with him repeating
the Pledge in order to earn his Scout Rank. When we recited the Pledge
at the opening of each meeting, though, he would stand respectfully at
attention. He would not salute, and would not say the Pledge, and we
did not expect him to.
CC Pack 584
ASM Troop 136
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