Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Buddhism and Duty to God
Buddhism and Duty to God
Sat, 4 Dec 1999 09:12:23 -0500
One thing that everyone has missed on this thread is that part of our duty
to God is to also respect and honor other's beliefs. Just because you are a
Christian, and he is Jewish, and she is a Mormon, and someone else is
Buddhist, and I am a Druid, does not mean that we can persecute each other
because of our religions.
I personally do not care if the Buddhist prays to a God, or if Pagans pray
to many Gods and Goddesses. As long as they are faithful to their belief
system, then so be it. They are doing their "Duty to God". As long as they
are also respecting the beliefs of others and not forcing their beliefs on
others, then they are doing their "Duty to God and Country". Remember that
there is part of the constitution called the Bill of Rights. In here it
guarantees freedom of religion. This is not only your religion, but also
every religion in the world as long as what they practice does not break the
laws of the nation (i.e. human sacrifice).
Just to say it one more time, as long as the boy is faithful to his
religion, and respects the religion of others, then he is doing his "Duty to
God and Country". As long as he makes it to the required meetings of his
religion and respecting the beliefs of others, then he is doing the 12th
point, "A Scout is Reverent".
Robert M. Lewis