Re: Duty to God
Mark Wright (wrightmd@ROANOKE.INFI.NET)
Mon, 6 Oct 1997 09:20:48 -0400
MR JOHN A SEVERINO wrote:
> MS. Kerr,
> Scouts believe in God.
> It's in the Scout Law.
Can you show me which of the 12 points *says* that a Scout believes in
God? I know, #12 says a Scout is "reverent" and that there is a passage
in the Scout Handbook which states to the effect that a Scout does, but
'reverent' can mean something other than a reverence for a deity.
I'm not sure how the CA Supreme Ct is gonna rule on this one... Them
Californians are just plain wierd! (I was raised there and have a
little of that weirdness left over ;-) However, I think that if a boy
can show reverence for *my* beliefs by accepting that I believe in God
and standing quietly and respectfully while I lead the Troop in a prayer
or grace, then who am I to tell him that his belief is wrong?
I think that my problem arises when a boy of Cub Scout age, as these two
were, states that he doesn't believe in God. Shoot, these guys still
believe in the tooth fairy, and that televised wrestling isn't faked!
This is a case of a *parent* trying to impress their beliefs on the
group, and *that* violates several points of the Scout Law, not the
least of which is "reverent."
CC Pack 584
ASM Troop 136
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City