Re: alternatives to OA
Don Izard (dizard@ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU)
Fri, 6 Feb 1998 14:56:53 -0500
I am some what ammuzed by those that may consider the OA too wound up
with the great spirit. For years there has been groups that have
charged the oposite . . . THAT THE OA IS SATANIC!! Fire and Arrows
and all that.
As far as the "great spirit" ? Is it maybe the spirit of scouting
that should guide all scouts? Is it the spirit of nature that
causes all things to live in the world arround US?
MAN, how more vague can they get? It is based on the legend of
the Lenni Lenape, and they sure were not Christians! :)
The OA is a society of HONOR campers . ! It is not a religion!!!
Ooops . . . don't mean to YELL, just make a strong point.
former chief 159 Ganosote, former Advisor 159 Ho De No Say Nee
USed to be an Owl, still an Eagle, Eagle dad, old and feeble staffer too
> In a message it was written:
> << As I read your mail, my interest was piqued by your reference to
> alternatives to OA. I was wondering where you are coming from on this. I
> have always felt somewhat uncomfortable about some aspects of OA (all the
> great spirit stuff), but I have never considered that there might be an
> alternative, or even a need for one; i.e., just take OA or leave it. I would
> be quite interested to hear your thoughts.
> I am not familiar with there being that much, if any, "great spirit stuff"
> in the OA -- that is assuredly not a message.
> On the other hand, if we can get used to the thought that God, Jehovah,
> Yahweh, and Allah are all names for one concept, might I suggest that the
> phrase Great Spirit is merely one more?
> The idea of Reverance is not married to one language's version of the
> correct name for the concept of a Supreme Being -- I would hope we can have
> left such thinking behind about the end of the Crusades.
> Merely my two wampum beads.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City