Re: Religions that don't let their members join scouts
Bob Vincent (rbvincent@LINKNET.NET)
Sat, 13 Sep 1997 08:00:52 -0500
While there are exceptions, such as Wisconsin Synod Lutherans (who cannot
have spiritual fellowship with anyone who does not fully subscribe to the
historic Lutheran confessional statements), I believe that most
monotheistic religious groups can be shown that a Boy Scout unit can fit in
with their purpose without forcing them into compromise with their
fundamental religious convictions. However, the person presenting the
program to the religious leader must be a person who is not intolerant of
intolerance, who is willing to do a lot of listening and who carefully
avoids saying offensive things.
It is important to remind ourselves that while participation in district,
council, section and national events is important to the success of our
movement, such is not an absolutely essential requirement for a unit.
Broad latitude needs to be given to certain groups in allowing them to
participate at levels that do not force them to violate their religious
Yours in Scouting,
Robert Benn Vincent, Sr.
Grace Presbyterian Church
4900 Jackson Street
Alexandria, LA 71303-2509
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