Ellery S Meyers (esmeyers@JUNO.COM)
Wed, 26 Aug 1998 21:33:07 -0400
And I agree in part with both of you.
There is only one God. The BSA affirms this statement as true.
The oath includes, "to God and my country."
There is only one God, but many countries!
Steve Meyers - ORNL Engineer and Troop 133 ASM
On Tue, 25 Aug 1998 08:04:28 PDT Bob Costello <bobc775@HOTMAIL.COM>
>Todd Hunt wrote:
>>Also we are talking about Duty to God not to Budda or
>>some other God that someone has made up because if you
>>go there who is to stop someone from saying that Satens
>>rules shouldn't apply. To me there is and will only be
>>one God and it is his rules we have to live by and if
>>someone wants to follow another set of rules they should do it
>>somewhere other then Scouting.
No one is going to listen to that advice. There are many that do not
believe in God and still insist on being a member of an organization that
requires a belief in God.
>I could not disagree more. As I said in my previous note, Scouting
>should not be a bully pulpit for people to prostelize. Scouting
>is an inclusive organization with regards to religious belief. There
>are, in fact, Scout troops all over the world, indlucing places that
>do not ascribe to Christianity.
>Todd, you are entering into dangerous ground. Even if I were to agree
>that the Bible is the sole basis, whose bible would we use? A
>Catholic Bible? A King James Version? A Torah (same God, just
>no Jesus element)?
>And who should say how that Bible is interpreted? You? The Pope?
>Any of the millions of ministers in small congregations? The
>Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints?
>As I said in my posting, when you put on the blinders you risk that
>someone else will do the same and exclude you.
>Perhaps the real answer is that a person who cannot accept that
>Scouting recognizes that there is more than one view of duty to God,
>and who insists on pushing his/her view onto the movement is the
>person who has no place in Scouting.
That is true, no one has the right to dictate how God may be served. Just
be certain it is God and not your personal god.
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>Westland Michigan - Detroit Area Council
>Certified Trainer - Huron Valley Girl Scout Council
>Former District Training Chair for Cub Scouts
>Staff member for Scoutmastership Fundamentals
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