Re: Changes in Exploring
Rafi Sharif Bey (email@example.com)
Mon Feb 16 21:07:19 1998
David Minasian wrote:
> Gtreetings Mark,
> 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
> SES 104
> Passaic Valley Council
> Wayne, NJ
. Greetings. Scouting HAS to, at present, hold onto its traditional bel;iefs in
God and proscribe homosexual MEN from leadership roles because the Scouting
business's MARKET is still by and large middle class America. But,
Scouting is NEVER ahead of what is current and dominant in our national culture.
But.. what will happen as liberal educationalists predominate and social values
change? Clinton, as honorary president of the BSA, received enormous funding from
the homosexual lobbies for his campaign.. he has been photographed
at same gender celebrity marriages.. when our CULTURE changes enough, to somehow
regard same sex relations as simpl;y some kind of "minority", my guess is that
the "right" kinds of people will be put on the national executive
board and homosexuals will be accomodated.. on the other hand, we
may take some comfort in tye fact that the LDS Church is a very major sponsor of
Scouting. There are such balances in place. Rafi Sharif
PO Box 18637
Baltimore, MD 21216