Re: Duty to God
Turba, Thomas N (Thomas.Turba@UNISYS.COM)
Thu, 6 Nov 1997 11:50:45 -0500
I had never thought I would say anything on this thread, but the
following statement lead me to:
>We certainly should respect and defend the right of others to believe--or to
>disbelieve--as they choose. However, this does not make it incumbent upon
>the BSA to condone atheism by either admitting or rewarding those who choose
>to reject what is arguably the single most basic tenet of the movement.
Belief in God is not a basic tenet of the Scouting movement. It is a
basic part of Scouting in the USA. However, it is not a part of
Scouting in many places in the world, especially in places that had been
under a Communist government.
This has lead to some problems. The most recent one that came to my
attention was a couple from Russia who had come to the United States and
wanted their son in Scouts here. Although I do not have hard proof, it
is my understanding that an exception was made for him and he is now in
I think it is good to encourage boys to have a belief in God and to
practice a religion. I am not sure it is a good idea to prohibit boys
from joining Scouts who have not had a home environment that teaches
them a belief in God.
T. N. T.
Thomas N. (Tom) Turba
Indianhead Council, BSA
St. Paul, Minnesota
E-mail: Thomas.Turba@Unisys.Com -or-
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