Now that I'm back at my parent's house for Christmas vacation, I'm able to look up some th
Now that I'm back at my parent's house for Christmas vacation, I'm able
to look up some things in the Boy Scout Handbook. My copy is the 9th
edition, and I doubt anything from the sections I'm about to quote changed
much in the 10th edition.
On the 12th point of the Scout Law, the Handbook says the following (p. 41):
"A Scout is REVERENT. A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in
his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others."
"Take a penny out of your pocket and look at it. What do you see on it?
Just above Abraham Lincoln's head are 12 little letters. 'In God we
trust.' They remind us of our faith. As a nation we trust in God. We
try to live and work faithfully."
"You show that you are reverent to God by helping other people, and by
following the religious teachings of your parents and religious leaders."
"All your life you will be with people of different faiths and customs.
The men who founded the United States of America gave us a heritage of
religious freedom. It is our duty to respect others whose religion may
differ from ours, even though we do not agree with them."
The Scout Oath or Promise is as follows:
"On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight."
The Handbook has this commentary on a Scout's duty to God:
"Your parents and religious leaders teach you about God, and the ways in
which you can serve. By following those teachings in your daily life,
you do your duty to God as a Scout."
And what does the handbook say about the early history of the BSA?
"When the United States joined the Allied Forces in the war against
Germany in 1917, the Boy Scouts were firmly established and ready for
service. Their work in the war effort made people realize the importance
of Scout training for boys. The Congress of the United States granted
a charter to the Boy Scouts of America." (p. 478)
So now, let me ask again, how can the Boy Scouts of America legally
discriminate against those people who do not believe in God, since it
was given a charter by Congress?
From: Scott Horne
To: All Msg #138, Dec-12-93 07:48PM
Subject: Re: Boy Scouts vs Atheism (What the Scout Handbook Says)
Organization: Computer "Science" Dept, Yale University
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Scott Horne)
In article <email@example.com>,
firstname.lastname@example.org (Agnostic) writes:
[Quoting from a book for Boy Scouts:]
<"Take a penny out of your pocket and look at it. What do you see on it?
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