scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: Philosophy 101
Sun Jul 23 2000 - 13:04:53 CDT
In a message dated 7/22/00 9:45:33 PM Mountain Daylight Time, ajmako@NLS.NET
> It is NOT the BSA that has become less tolerant or other lifestyle or belief
> systems. The BSA has always welcomed anyone willing to subscribe to a
> particular set of values. Those values haven't changed. Not in 90 years.
> That the BSA seems to be attacked more and more for those values is sad
> evidence of increasing intolerance in society as a whole. Where once the BSA
> was held up as an example to the rest of the country of what American
> boyhood was all about (character, citizenship, fitness), it is now being
> attacked by forces in society who have tolerance only for groups that agree
> with THEIR values.
Very well said -- an excellent essay. You hit the nail squarely on the head.
BSA doesn't try to impose its values on others, but merely tries to teach its
values to those who come to learn them -- unlike certain other groups and
organizations (even a few churches!) which actively seek to destroy such
values and impose their own values on all.
Remember that tyranny is been built upon the shoulders of men and women who
do nothing. The only way this nation (world) will be saved is if good people
do the saving.
Study the issues. Study the candidates. Vote wisely. Get involved in your
local political caucuses (it can be a real eye-opener). I honestly don't care
who a person votes for as long as he has carefully studied the issues,
candidates, and the consequences of their election and believes that is the
wisest course. But I really hate to have uniformed bozos vote against me.