Re: Changes in Exploring
David Minasian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mon Feb 16 20:26:34 1998
I appreciate your comments regarding my questions about the coming
changes. My questions, as you observed, focused on the two "hot" issues
of "God" and "gay". I don't believe anybody knows the answers yet as to
whether the BSA's position on these matters will change. One thing is
certain however, the attack by the ACLU and others will not cease.
As for "belief in God" as a requirement for membership, I really don't
know the precise terminology in use today, but you are correct in
stating that it should be broad enough to accomodate the various forms
of religious expression. "Religious life style" however, as you suggest,
may be too broad so as to include satanic worship, witchcraft and other
forms of religios expression which are clearly opposed to the
traditional positive characteristics of faith.
There is something here that we must preserve and encourage to be part
of the life of our members. It is in our oath and law, in our pledge of
allegience and even printed on our money. Do we have to define God in
order to continue the tradition?
I submit that God is better defined in the life of our members and our
leaders. We should reflect the presence of the living God and be
examples of His righteousness to our youth. It has been part of the BSA
since its inception and it belongs in the program now nmore than ever.
If we abondon Him, then He surley will abondon us.
David T. Minasian
Passaic Valley Council