Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: out of curiosity
Re: out of curiosity
Blaine S Nay
Fri, 23 Apr 1999 20:31:05 -0700
On Wed, 21 Apr 1999 00:33:51 EDT Andrew Trent <KarateDrew@AOL.COM>
>In a message dated 4/18/99 2:45:10 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
>Just out of curiosity, why does scouting exclude atheists?
This issue is far from new. For at least 30 years, Scouting has been a
target for those who want to destroy it as well as for those who want to
join but don't fit in (ie homosexuals, atheists, etc.) because of the
moral character and leadership we try to teach.
As Scouts we agree to abide by the Scout Oath and the Scout Law -- both
of which have an expression of belief in God. It's part of the joining
requirements. If a prospective Scout (or leader) can't agree to abide by
these principles, he should find or establish a compatible organization
which does not extract such a promise.
If, on the other hand, a prospective Scout (or leader) who is atheist or
agnostic wants to join and is willing to honor, respect, and abide by
these principles, I see no problem (other than a possible internal
conflict within that person).
The problem comes when someone, to meet their own agenda, asks me to give
up what I (and my organization) believe in and have fought so hard for!
Almost invariably, these people could care less about Scouting per se.
Their true motivation is to destroy.
I find it ironic that if I choose to exercise my constitutionally
guaranteed right of freedom of association, I am called a sexist, bigot,
homophobe or worse by those who are so intolerant they can't respect my
Boy Scouting has earned a greater respect than any other youth movement
because of the ideals it holds -- there is no other reason. To
compromise on these ideals will destroy that respect. That's exactly
what certain factions of this society wants.
Blaine Nay, NL7EL, Silverdale, WA, USA
A Boy Scout for some 40 years...and a good ol' Buffalo too!