Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: Out Of Curiosity
Re: Out Of Curiosity
Wed, 21 Apr 1999 19:56:51 -0700
--- Bob Riley and/or Andrew Trent writes:
> << We DO
> exclude atheists (read "those with no religious
> beliefs"), >>
> Yes BSA does. And Atheists are not the only group
> we discriminate against. How about girls and
> Haven't we come far enough by now to open this great
> organization up to those who may think, look and
> live somewhat differently than us?
-----My Turn To Weigh In!!!!!!!
I've been waiting for the tip of this iceberg to surface. I've long
felt that anybody is better off because of their involvement with
Scouting. And the more people (kids & adults) that are in Scouting, the
better off we are as a community, nation and World.
Isn't an atheist who lives by the Scout Law, or at least 11 points of
it, a better citizen than the kid who goes to Church on Sunday & lies,
cheats, steals on Monday?
Granted, involvement in Scouts is no guarentee of present or future
model citizenship. But, the numbers indicate that Scouting tends to
produce more responsible and reliable youth and adults.
I can understand some peoples' reluctance to have their Scout-age
children mingle with Atheists or Gays. But, they're probably already
mingling & don't know it. And sooner or later, the existence of these
people in their day-to-day life will become obvious.
WOuldn't it be better to learn in the atmosphere of Scouting, than in a
setting charged with ignorance, fear, hatred & distrust? I think so.
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