Re: Moral Dilemma
Jon Dixon (dixonj@ROCOCO.COLORADO.EDU)
Thu, 30 Apr 1998 00:21:21 -0400
Dave Yanke objects to Mike Walton's assertion that the boy needn't admit
to his guilt.
However, the right to keep from incriminating oneself is one that people
have died to protect these last 2 centuries. If I remember correctly,
Baden-Powell considered adding "A Scout is not a Fool" to the Law, but
felt that it was embodied in the rest of the principles.
As I see it, the boy is likely being a fool if he can legitimately
decline to answer and instead makes life worse for himself. Especially
if he does so without consulting with someone who understands the
I would under no circumstances suggest that the boy lie, but declining
to self-incriminate is a different matter.
On the other hand, the boy really should have heeded that sage advice a
wise man once gave -- "Don't do the crime if you can't do the time."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City