scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: SE Column on Policy
Steve Hoar (pilgrim@CLOVER.NET
Sat Jul 08 2000 - 11:16:55 CDT
At 7/8/00 11:49 AM, you wrote:
>Counterpoint : Scouting, in essence, helps families
>teach their values to their children
Some have missed the whole point of the decision. Key facts we need to
keep in mind are:
1. The unit is not owned by BSA, it is owned by the chartering organization.
2. The decision affirmed the right of the chartering organization (the
owners)to approve those chosen for leadership in organizations associated
with the chartering organization. Hence, the courts cannot force an
organization like the Catholic Church to accept for youth (Scout)
leadership those people whose lifestyle openly avows a position that is in
open contradiction to the teachings of the Catholic Church.
It would be a dangerous incursion beyond comprehension if we were to ever
allow the government to interject itself into any church's process for
selecting leaders. History books are full of the disasters that followed
when governments did exactly that. i.e. Germany, France, England, Mexico,
USSR, China, etc.
Stephen M. Hoar
Licking District BSA
Simon Kenton Council, Ohio