Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: Curiosity - The Final Word
Re: Curiosity - The Final Word
Mon, 26 Apr 1999 20:33:35 -0700
At 09:09 -0600 on 4/22/1999, James F. Van Hecke Jr. mailed Re:
Curiosity - The Final Word:
>And if we drop the requirement to "Do my Duty to God" then Duty to
>Country may not be far behind, and then we can start dropping off
>those parts of the Scout Law that don't happen to be 100% agreeable
>to the entire population, like Trustworthy, etc. Then we can be
>just an organization who has no guiding purpose or value, just a
>bunch of guys and gals, with differing values, hanging out for
>whatever reason we decide is OK at the moment. NO THANKS!
I thought the Domino Theory was discredited when the Thais refused to
go Communist after the fall of South Vietnam.
The World Organization of the Scout Movement contains many national
chartered organizations that are neither Christian, nor Jewish, nor
Islamic -- and who therefore do not believe in the God/Jehovah/Allah
"we all" believe in here. There are Buddhist Scouts, Shinto Scouts,
Hindu Scouts, etc. etc. etc.
The important thing about God to us in the Christian West, is that
our God is the source (to us) of our moral values. Yet many other
religions stress many of the same values, a fact which it would be
foolish of us to ignore. The Scout Handbook (at least next to last
one) stresses that reverence includes tolerance of others whose
beliefs are not the same as ours. May be we should keep that
principle in mind when we formulate the words of the oath?
I think it is a false dichotomy to say that "duty to God" as that
term is defined by any particular denomination here, stands as a lone
bulwark against the dark forces of immorality. Duty to Higher Power
would also be true. Moral duty to mankind and earth would also do.
How many synonyms for God can we find that do not necessarily have
the excluding values that "God" has to some?
We had best be thinking about these things as the enemies of the
establishment of religion begin to zero in on government charter
Thanks for listening.
Asst Scoutmaster, District Committee, District Commissioner,
Lewis-Clark Trails District, Inland Northwest Council 611, & 'a good
ol' Fox too'; Es Kaielgu Lodge 311, Tseminicum Chapter, Vigil,
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