Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1999: Wicca and beyond
Wicca and beyond
Mon, 6 Sep 1999 16:54:54 -0400
At 01:43 PM 9/6/99 , you wrote:
>I would say the religion does not matter. What matters is whether he is
>faithful to it.
In this world there are many rites and rituals that are broadly labeled
as being a religion. So I find myself forced to ask;
1. Are there any(religions) that we in scouting are willing to
draw the line at where they may not be compatible with the
goals and aims of scouting?
2. Are we open to anyone doing anything as long as it is
called a religion?
3. What, if any, practices would we not be willing to tolerate?
4. Can the rules of scouting prohibit a scout from practicing his
religion in a scouting environment?
5. How do you handle a situation where one persons religious
practices are found to be very offensive to another person?
I deliberately ask this question as there are religions that practice
drug use, ritual sacrifice, and unusual sexual practices. If we were to
encounter a scout engaging in such religious activities during a
scouting event, what should be done? Is there a line? If there is
no line, then why do we get upset with a scout whose god is no god?