scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: OA Religious Objections
Donald Scruggs (DScruggs@CONCENTRIC.NET
Thu Nov 25 1999 - 13:06:25 CST
Please forgive the cross post but this has been discussed
extensively on both lists.
I have not posted regularly of late but now choose to weigh in
on the issue of a scout who felt uncomfortable with the ordeal.
Several scouts in our troop went through the ordeal last year. One
particular scout came to me during the feast and confessed that he
was about to leave earlier due to what he considered religious
discomfort. I spoke with him at length and am now able to share
with you what he felt.
First of all he had NO problem whatsoever with either
ceremony. No problem with the scant food or the hard work. The
silence and the night alone were not in and of themselves problems
to him but he felt that they may have heightened the real problem.
His problem was with the booklets. He said he very nearly walked
out of the ordeal because of the wording or phrasing of the
booklets. I asked him to specify what he meant and he told me that
they seemed to resemble religious tracts.
If you objectively read the booklets you may see what he
means. The booklets are written as though someone (unnamed) is
speaking to you. It then goes on to use the pronoun "I" a lot. In
one of the booklets it is written "I am here to help you...". In
another it says "I am the Spirit of the Order"
This scout felt this writing was intended to imply that GOD or
a god-replacement was the one speaking.
Once the ordeal was over he really had no further problem.