Duty To God
Paul Meyermann (Paul.Meyermann@UNI.EDU)
Wed, 1 Oct 1997 14:17:55 -0600
In response to this posting I offer my comments below.
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 1997 12:44:36 -0700 From: bob prentice
<bobp@ROBSCI.COM> Subject: Duty To God
I noticed in this mornings' local newspaper an article concerning a
of Boy Scouts from southern California, whose eagle papers were being
up due to their being atheists. Back in 1991 when these boys were cub
scouts, they were asked to leave the pack because of their religious
The courts sided with the boys who remained in the pack and then
troop where they became patrol leaders and fullfilled their Eagle
requirements. The council maintains that part of the eagle
to live by the Scout Law which contains Duty to God.
I believe in Jesus Christ as my savior. That being said, I offer the
Years ago at a funeral for a man who was known to have expressed
atheistic views, I remember the minister commenting that "atheism
doesn't really exist".
When issues like this come up I am reminded of that comment. Having
thought about it on and off my interpretation of his comment has evolved
Activist 'atheists' spend a inordinate amount of time preoccupied with
the issue of the existence of immortal souls. On their trail in
search of 'truth' or 'the face of God', they currently think that he/it
doesn't even exist. Their search for a substitute to God often leads
to ponder human 'moralism' as a substitute to 'God'. Scouting absent
'Reverent' fits this thinking.
Having thus put 'atheism' in perspective as just a misguided search for
God, I would suggest that the challenged council leadership do the
1. Formally communicate to the eagle candidates the conflict between
'atheism' and 'Reverence to God'.
2. As a prerequisite, insist that as part of any Eagle ceremony, during
the 'eagle challenge' have a Council representative challenge each
scout to throughout his life continue to search for 'truth', in his
heart regarding "Reverence".
3. Have a closing prayer where Gods grace and mercy is sought for all in
4. Approve the eagle application, assuming other things are in order.
5. Congratulate the new eagles, and wish them well.
If this type of scenario is found to be 'unacceptable' to the eagle
candidates, then I would deny their applications based upon their
'selfish manipulation of scouting and its ideals in an effort to
further their personal agendas'. Disagreement with this scenario
would be neither 'friendly', 'courteous' nor 'kind' to those who
cherish 'reverence to God' as an integral part of the scout program.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City