scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Reverance, updates, and wings
Robert Blau (rblau@ECLIPSE.NET
Wed Feb 16 2000 - 07:50:50 CST
On 2/15/00 2:59 PM CHUCK BRAMLET wrote
> I doubt that it would be well acccepted if the Patrol wanted bacon
> and eggs for breakfast, for the single Jewish boy to demand that
> something else be served, so that he isn't "contaminated" by the
> smell of cooking bacon. But I have seen that done - the entire
> Webelos contingent was not allowed bacon or ham because of the vocal
> complaints of a Moslem parent.
Fair enough, it wouldn't be well received. But I don't think that it would
be right for the troop that wanted "bacon and eggs" to cook them in the same
pan, precluding a Jewish or Moslem Scout from eating breakfast, when
separate pans could accommodate the situation.
On second thought, unless eating bacon is necessary for to accommodate the
religions of the majority, is it really necessary at all? Assuming the
Moslem family is sincere in their belief that smelling cooking bacon would
contaminate their son, and why would you doubt it, why not accomm odate
their religion since it does not conflict with yours. It is really easy
The real problems that I have seen with regard to accommodation of differing
religious beliefs are not at the unit level but at the district level.
There is a place in Scouting for the unit composed of all one religion,
although I'm glad my Pack is not run that way, despite its affiliation with
a Catholic Church. But at the district level or higher we must realize that
we have very different beliefs.
Rob Blau, Cubmaster
St. James, Pack 73
Springfield, New Jersey