Re: BSA action toward UUA (long)
James H. Moss (JHMoss@LAWYERNET.COM)
Tue, 25 Aug 1998 10:49:48 -0600
No Flames. A great statement on the moral dilemmas we all face every day.
The Unitarian Church has one set of beliefs and the BSA has another set of
beliefs. They can work in harmony with each other to promote great values
in youth or they can work to change the other. The latter will never
I have not read the statement's or been involved in the conflict, however,
both sides are probably attempting to defer a present conflict. I seriously
doubt the BSA is attempting to tell the church what they can and cannot tell
their youth. I do suspect they BSA is telling the church they cannot be
members of the BSA and tell their youth some things. Just as the church
would have the right to say to their youth they cannot belong to the BSA
because of their principles and beliefs.
It is not discrimination. Discrimination is based on religion, not
religious beliefs. As a private organization, the BSA can discriminate,
just as the church can. The issue is where the boundaries are drawn. The
church has one set of boundaries and the BSA another.
How can the BSA promote the ideals that they want and the Church the ideals
that they want. I don't have that answer. But we live in a country that
allows us to have those different values and have the ability to work out
Hang in there Cliff.
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