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  1. Is there an electronic copy of the Scout Handbook? That would be so 21st century if so.
  2. The LDS decision to stay with the BSA is consistent with their recent conciliatory tone towards the gay community. The LDS church was really surprised by the backlash after supporting California's proposition 8 which created a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and woman. LDS spent $20 million and bussed in church members to canvass neighborhoods to support Prop 8. The backlash was not only from gay community but inside the LDS as well as many LDS members quit the church in protest. The LDS church felt the turmoil that their efforts created among member fa
  3. That's an interesting perspective. I consider psychiatry to be a hard science since anatomical and biological study is part of their medical training. Psychiatrists first earn their MD before completing a 4-year residency in mental health. Since they have an MD, they can prescribe drugs for correcting chemical imbalances, for example. Psychiatrists are fully certified medical doctors. Psychologists can hold a PhD or PsyD and most of their training is academic in nature. They aren't MDs and they can't prescribe drugs.
  4. It's not as simple as this is learned behavior and that is genetic. For alcoholism, data suggests that some people are genetically prone to be alcoholics but the chances of them developing alcoholism is greatly diminished if alcohol is not part of the home lifestyle. If I recall correctly, alcoholism is 40% genetic and 60% learned behavioral. Aggressive behavior is similar: partly genetic and partly environmental. The American Association of Psychiatrists agrees with your conclusion: "There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a h
  5. Absolutely: Parents model behavior that their children typically adapt. But sexuality is a characteristic like eye color and height, not an adapted behavior. Studies have shown that children raised in gay parent homes are no more likely to become gay adults than children raised in heterosexual parent homes. Sexuality is not a learned or adapted behavior like smoking.
  6. Here's an interesting history of slavery in Great Britain, Europe and the Americas. Note the difference between the banning of the slave trade and the abolition of slavery. 1777 - State of Vermont, an independent Republic after the American Revolution, becomes first sovereign state to abolish slavery 1787 - The Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade founded in Britain by Granville Sharp and Thomas Clarkson 1792 - Denmark bans import of slaves to its West Indies colonies, although the law only took effect from 1803. 1807 - Britain passes Abolition of the Slave Trade Act, outlawin
  7. That's a great story. Scouting should be about not what divides, but what unites us. Because regardless of skin color, spiritual beliefs, and sexual orientation, we all love the outdoors, desire our children to grow into amazing adults and to instill common values.
  8. Bad Wolf is just clowning around. But I think it is an interesting discussion. He has a valid point except I think our scouting forefathers meant exclusively the Christian God. Back then, the U.S. wasn't the multicultural paradise that it is now. Antisemitism was widely acceptable until WWII. Even today my Jewish friends are surprised that synagogues sponsor BSA troops; they always thought Boy Scouts was a Christian thing. As for Muslims, wouldn't the BSA have used the Allah if that's what they meant? Language is very powerful. The BSA should consider that God be changed to "your
  9. If the CO's policy is unclear, perhaps you can refer inquiries to the CO rep. Otherwise you may misstate the CO's policy and give parents inaccurate information.
  10. Tthe court of law and the court of public opinion are not mutually exclusion: the coexist. That's actually the wonderful feature of our First Amendment: the right to express an opinion and the right of others to express their opposition.
  11. In a pluralistic society there exists an expectation of a certain level of tolerance in order to maintain a peaceful coexistence with others. Yet Americans have a long history of creating religious enclaves so they can embrace their religion easier without outside influences and temptations. One such enclave is New Square, New York, whose inhabitants are "members of the Skverer Hasidic movement who seek to maintain a Hasidic lifestyle disconnected from the secular world." I'm not suggesting that you go live on an island, I'm merely pointing out that others with strong religious convic
  12. The BSA has been having this discussion about gay members for years, if not decades. The BSA executive board is well aware of the LDS position that they don't want any gay leaders and the latest decision is a compromise to accommodate religious COs who don't want to disallow gay leaders, such as LDS. Like the Methodists, Lutherans, Presbyterians and Anglicans/Episcopalians, the LDS members have been putting a lot of pressure on the LDS leadership to be more tolerant. LDS has been running a big campaign to reach out to their gay members and the gay community at large. It would seem that
  13. That's brilliant. Would you mind sharing the video? It sounds like a fantastic recruitment tool.
  14. I can't imagine the Methodist church would have any issues with the BSA allowing gay scout leaders. They already fully support the GSUSA which has allowed gay leaders for several years. The United Methodist church, like the BSA, have been struggling with the gay issue. Currently, the UMC does not allow gay pastors nor same-sex marriage. But many Methodists feel that this policy should change.
  15. I believe this is a good example of what Terry wants to moderate. This kind of post uses improper debating techniques because it uses the fallacy of stereotyping. Stereotyping is the generalization that some people of a group have a characteristic so all members of that group have that characteristic. Since it is not valid in a debate, it must be assumed that statistics are meant to denigrate the group which, I agree with Terry, is very un-scoutlike.
  16. There is a whole list of grave sins including lying, divorce, contraception, blasphemy, cheating, missing worshop services, envy, hatred, masturbation, and pornography. If you have any married friends with less than 10 children, then I will guarantee they are using contraception. You don't associate with any divorced people? And none of your friends have ever lied or masturbated? It seems that your are cherry picking what you think is gravely sinful. To me that is hypocrisy.
  17. A comedian was talking about rotary phones and how you would hate people with 0s in their phone number, You curse them as you had to spin dial nearly 360 degrees. That really made me laugh.
  18. I like the fresh, new look. And it's much faster. Thanks for the refresh. I'm sure the migration was pretty time consuming.
  19. The families are awfully generous with your money.
  20. A scout is brave. I tell our scouts that they must do what is right in their heart and be true to themselves because there will be times when social pressure will conflict with their values. "Those that matter don't mind. Those that mind, don't matter." Kudos to Bruce Jenner for being brave and being true to himself.
  21. A blanket ban on technology contributes to very image of irrelevancy that scouting is trying to overcome. It's actually pretty cool that the scouts can use smartphones to take nature photos, track their hiking progress on alltrails.com, or research exciting camp destinations and find dutch oven recipes. A GPS is a great tool while on an outing but can't replace the a map and compass because batteries could die. We allow kids to play appropriate video games for a very limited time at night before lights-out at winter camp and they just love it. Having a flexible technology poli
  22. We have a bugler. We actually had 3 scouts try out for the position and the scouts chose the best bugler. Our bugler, when he remembers to bring his trumpet, will play assembly at the troop meeting opening then retreat at the meeting close. Here's a great website with bugle calls: http://www.music.army.mil/music/buglecalls/default.asp
  23. In California the election organizers did something different this election. They recruited high school kids to work the election. They got community service credit and can also get paid $65-$150. I think is a great experience for the youth and I'm going to encourage our scouts to volunteer during the next election.
  24. We do a Bobcat ceremony where we paint the new scouts faces with dot and lines. This is a huge hit. You can find a ceremony on the Interwebs.
  25. I think I speak for most adult volunteers that it's not our job to be some kind of the BSA basiji. Unit leaders should review the Declaration of Religious Principle before getting out the atheist litmus paper: The BSA does not define ... a belief in God or the practice of religion. The BSA does not require membership in a religious organization or association ... The BSA respects the convictions of those who exercise their constitutional freedom to practice religion as individuals ... Only people willing to subscribe to these declarations of principles shall be entitled to
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