Re: Eagle BoR
Timothy O'Leary (tjo@IMSNET.NET)
Sun, 19 Oct 1997 12:05:43 -0400
There is a tendancy in society now to want to punish people forever for
a mistake of the past - particularly when it is serious. A lot of folks
seem to think that remorse, when shown, is never sincere.
I am inclined to think that this lack of forgiveness says more about
those who refuse to "get on with it" than it does about the likelihood
of a person who made a mistake, committed a crime, cheated, or whatever
to do it again....
The Eagle Board of Review gives each member of the Boasrd, particularly
in this situation, the opportunity to live the Scout Oath and Law. We
must be trustworthy, and award the rank only if the requirements have
been met. But we must also be loyal to our young people. My Christian
perspective is that Christ came for the "sinner." We must be kind.
And, if this young man deserves the rank, even if the community around
us is opposed, we must be brave enough to do what is right and award it.
I am convinced that if we as adults begin by living the Scout Oath and
Law, we will make few mistakes in situations such as this one.
If we as a society maske "rehabilitation in the eyes of society"
impossible, then we will truly deserve the lawless society we will end
Tim O'Leary, CC Troop 772, NCAC
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