scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: why not "non-denominational"?
Dick, Sheldon Mr. (dicks@HQ.5SIGCMD.ARMY.MIL
Mon Aug 14 2000 - 05:34:16 CDT
why not "non-denominational"?
because its meaning, dear Scouter, is not only what you believe it to be,
but what many others may interpret it to be.
BSA national was clear on this - having commented similarly in the Wood Bage
administration guide on religious observances.
non-denominational implies a Protestant service.
the exact quote is immaterial, but i will research it for you if you insist.
Your intent in your sent communication is just as important as my reception
of it. i perceive non-denominational to certainly exclude non-Christians,
(and in some cases might also be viewed to not include Catholics, LDS, and
you have several choices here:
* disregard my comment with disdain, and insist on your right to a
call it what u want. i'll accept that.
* recognize my sensitivity in your use of the term, but still call it
what you choose. (insist that you intended a different meaning that the one
i attributed to you term - but continue to use it.) (i'll accept that too).
* take into account my "reception" of your term (as totally different
from yours), and change it.
thats what communicating is all about.
"When I use a word", said Humpty Dumpty in a rather scornful tone, "it means
exactly what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less."
in Through the Looking Glass.