Re: BSA action toward UUA (long)
Nathan Beauheim (Nbeauheim@AOL.COM)
Wed, 26 Aug 1998 22:33:05 EDT
><snip> "with regard to those whose conscientious ethical and spiritual
>principles may not include a belief in God." <end snip>
>I am not familiar with the tenants of the UUA, but know that Scouting
>has _always_ been based on Duty to God and Family. As a Bobcat, the
>first rank in Cub Scouting and the one required before any other Cub
>Scout Rank is achieved, part of the requirement is to tell about what
>the Cub Scout Promise means...including "Duty to God". How can a boy
>make or keep the Cub Scout/Boy Scout promise if there is no belief in
>God? How can they explain what it means?
Me thinks you're not quite reading this right. The point of the statement you
half-quoted is that UU Scouts may have a problem with BSA discrimination
against Atheists, rather than that UU Scouts do not believe in God, they do.
In fact, the UU church here in Albuquerque is not involved in BSA because of
their disagreements on the 3G's. This is not unique amongst UU churches.
When I was semi-involved (I've never been highly involved, but I was semi-
involved for a few years) with the UU church here, I got many questions on how
I could be a member of BSA while still holding to UU principles. My answer:
with difficulty at times.
So apparently, the offending section (which I've never read) is intended to
offer advice on how to deal with the conflict between what the UU church
teaches and what BSA teaches.
>Although I have a personal problem with those who believe it is their
>personal mission in life to convert everyone not of their own faith to
>their own brand of Christianity (my own church members included), I do
>wholeheartedly believe that everyone needs a Higher Power to believe in.
>CM & Webelos Leader
>Pack 732 - Palm Bay, FL
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City