scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: Legislation Against Boy Scout Charter
Dick Sofian (dsofian@JUNO.COM
Sat Jul 22 2000 - 07:02:10 CDT
On Fri, 21 Jul 2000 23:26:52 -0400 Rick Seymour <Rick@KUDU.NET> writes:
>In addition, terms which alienate many Unitarian children such as
>"Morally Straight" and "Reverent" were imposed upon Scouting in the
>States by the BSA. These controversial terms were never a part of
>Baden-Powell's Scout Oath or Scout Law.
Although these terms may not have been a part of BP's Oath and Law,
neither did loyalty to the Queen become a part of BSA's terminology. As
in individual exposed to Ethical Culture and other liberal religious
organizations, I doubt that
very many Unitarians are alienated by the concept of "Morally Straight".
Certainly each of us has our own unique interpretation of what this
means, not merely to take a legal position per the official BSA line, but
to live our lives in such a manner as to be true to our own
convictions....to do the right thing...to
respect others....and yes to follow a set of standards that can be
our chartering organization. "Reverent" has never meant the same thing
to any two people, let alone the entire BSA. As long as we adhere to the
tolerance and respect for others interpretations of religious
convictions, and live our lives according to our own, to "do unto
others......", then we have fulfilled our committment to the 12th point
of ...yes...the BSA's Scout Law.
With this in mind, I find it difficult to accept the premise that
Unitarian children are alienated because of this language in the BSA
Scout Oath and Law. I think it is precisely what they would support.
Dick Sofian - firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Troop Treasurer - Troop 609
Brotherhood Member, Mischigonong #89, WWW