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  • #31
    One has to always remember with the different religious groups that there is always a major disconnect between their theology and their traditions. Religious organizations that rely more on tradition than theology always have a more difficult time theologically accepting people of a different traditions. Currently I am involved with 4 different "christian" theologically based organizations that would rather sling arrows at each other than pray together. This is why I am involved with them but not a member of any. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." Matthew 5:8-10, isn't in any of their tradition radars, but it is part of all of their theology. Heck, most "chrisitian" organizations fight with themselves as much as they do others!

    These break-away groups are nothing more than a continuation of the fragmentation they seem to enjoy the most. It's just another way to say, "I'm better than the rest of you." I'm thinking TLUSA and AHG fall into that category, at least that's what their media PR seems to be saying.

    Stosh
    Last edited by jblake47; 02-19-2014, 07:18 AM.

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    • jblake47
      jblake47 commented
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      Or more explicitly put: "We have all the right answers, you don't."

      Stosh

    • packsaddle
      packsaddle commented
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      ...or as it's been explained to me and my children, they are going to heaven and my children and I are going to experience a 'warmer climate', lol.

    • qwazse
      qwazse commented
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      Tempting for all of us who are a little ice-weary.

  • #32
    You know, I've been trying to decide what to think about Trail Life, not that it matters much.
    But I've decided that I really like Trail Life and I'm really glad it's been formed. When I think about all those times I was invited to leave BSA and form my own group, it seems like some COs and scouters decided to do just that and I'm glad they have stuck to their convictions, even while I disagree with them on those convictions. But the best part about this is that if they DO move over to Trail Life, that will reduce the BSA membership to those who either agree with greater inclusiveness in BSA membership policy or else are tolerant of it. Either way, Trail Life makes it even more likely that someday ALL boys regardless of background or beliefs, even lack thereof, will be welcome in this organization.
    In this sense, Trail Life may facilitate the transition for BSA and that is good.

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    • nextgenscouter1
      nextgenscouter1 commented
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      I never thought of it that way, and I agree with you. However, you still have all the none Protestants who are against the new policy. Though if an organization survived for this long I doubt these issues could destroy it. It would be interesting to see the national membership archives from when the BSA started, just to look at the breakdown and the change of membership.

    • packsaddle
      packsaddle commented
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      Nextgenscouter1, that would be interesting. Remember though that prior to the last decade or so, there were abundant units chartered by public schools. Now, with a little more inclusiveness, BSA could regain what they lost and shed all the controversy...let all that discrimination find a more suitable home in Trail Life.

    • EmberMike
      EmberMike commented
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      Good point. The more people move to TL, the less resistance there will be to finishing the job and letting gay parents be leaders in their kids' pack/troop. Maybe TL is making things easier for everyone.

      It's worth mentioning also that a lot of people did leave the BSA when invited to do so and form a new group that allowed gay scouts and leaders. That group is the Baden-Powell Service Association.

  • #33
    I have a good friend who was the scoutmaster of a troop of 18 boys charted thru a Christian school. As soon as the gay issue was voted upon the troop was dissolved. Only 2 scouts joined other troops the rest just quit scouting.

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    • EmberMike
      EmberMike commented
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      As easy as it would be to blame the CO for this troop dissolving, in cases like this where you've got almost 90% of the kids not even willing to give another troop a shot there are clearly other issues going on.

      So it'll get blamed on the policy, or maybe the CO, even though 16 out of 18 kids didn't really want to be there even before the vote. And the majority of the parents also seemingly didn't want to bother. I have to wonder if anyone even took half an hour to make some phone calls and see if it would even be possible to secure a new CO.

      That troop quit on those kids. Probably years ago.

    • Huzzar
      Huzzar commented
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      chrisking: the old membership standard matched the Christian school's standard, the new one didn't. Get over it. My guess is that the youth that were in Scouts at a Christian school are now involved in missions and the church's other youth groups. Choice, right?

    • qwazse
      qwazse commented
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      How old was the troop? It may have started because it admired the bold counter-cultural stance of BSA's membership standards. The seeming erosion of those standards makes it look like any other group. Well if they are like any other group, then value is lost. Asking more money for something of less value ... that's not a recipe for growth.

      Hopefully CO's of some 50,000 youth will find value in the BSA where they hadn't before, but I suspect it will take a few years to find them.
      Last edited by qwazse; 02-21-2014, 06:34 AM.
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