Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Order of the Arrow
Re: Order of the Arrow
Wed, 11 Aug 1999 17:52:18 -0400
On Wed, 11 Aug 1999, Alan Houser wrote:
> Sarah Nunez <trinoaks@FLASH.NET> asked:
> >Our Chartering Organization has decided not to allow our troop to
> >participate in Order of the Arrow. (They're concerned about references
> >to Native American religions.) Does that prevent *everyone* in the
> >troop from participating unless they find a new troop?
> about hazing, religious overtones (neither is allowed, beyond
> "A Scout is reverent"), or any other matter. Work with the lodge
Ummmm ... OK, I don't mind walking both sides of the fence on this one.
SOME people believe that any reference to "spirit" should be preceded by
the word "Holy". Those people will find references to "Spirit of the
West Wind" to be irreligious, not merely areligious, and it will
certainly offend them by running counter to "A Scout is Reverent."
And, those people who believe in the Spirit of the West Wind could also
be offended at the casual reference by non-believers, which is again not
ONLY those people who can see the _similiarities_ between the myriad
religions of the world will not object.