Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Scouts in ads
Re: Scouts in ads
Sat, 13 Feb 1999 10:33:18 -0500
On Sat, 13 Feb 1999, Anthony J. Mako wrote:
> <Ed Thompson wrote>
> The BSA's own efforts here don't help: their "Character Counts"
> billboards are among the most laughed-at signs among teenagers because
> they choose kids who would automatically be classified as "geeks" and
> "nerds" the first minute they set foot in a new Middle School or Junior
> What a sad state of affairs in a so-called Christian society. Evidently
> someone has dropped the ball when it came time to teach these kids
Are we to assume from that phrasing that such behaviour would NOT be a
sad state of affairs in a non-Christian Society? If so, why?
Or are we to assume that some of you live in an ideal, Christ-like
society where this never happens? If so, where?
I suggest the kids learn tolerance by seeing it in practice. When our
son was born, one of the items in the freebie pack from the hospital was
a small poster which had the words :
If a Child lives with Criticism, he learns to Criticize
Yes, I'm touchy about it. That's because what I grew up believing were
uniquely "Christian" virtues turn out to be fairly universal virtues.
After working at the State Department, after being in the international
community since I was 19 -- I see the problems such unthinking
If we are indeed trying to teach our Scouts tolerance and character, we
need to focus on the similarities, not the differences. They will live
in a far more varied world that we did, let's not make it tougher for 'em
than it has to be.