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Wiccans Offer Alternative to Boy Scouts ^ | October 31, 2002 | Michael L. Betsch

Posted on 10/31/2002 9:05:17 AM PST by H8DEMS

( - Frustrated by an unsuccessful campaign to achieve religious recognition from the Boy Scouts of America, a Seattle-based Wicca church has launched its own youth program, which is based on tolerance for different beliefs, including differences in sexual orientation.

SpiralScouts founder Pete 'Pathfinder' Davis believes that many of the things the Boy Scouts are doing are "socially inappropriate." He said he created to the SpiralScouts to "fill the void left by prejudicial treatment of other established children's programs."

Davis, who serves as the Archpriest of the Wiccan Aquarian Tabernacle Church, said his main argument with the BSA is that the group has refused to recognize Wicca as an acceptable form of worship, but at the same time, the BSA incorporates the symbols of myriad Christian denominations into its Religious Emblems program.

He said the Scouts rejected a Wicca badge that was designed and submitted by a well-known Wiccan priestess.

In 1999, Davis created the SpiralScouts as the Aquarian Tabernacle Church's "answer" to the Boy Scouts and other youth organizations that subscribe only to "traditional" faiths. Today, the SpiralScouts welcomes children of all ages (four and up) and backgrounds, including Wiccans, pagans, atheists and homosexuals.

Davis said practicing Wicca is not a mandatory activity for the 50 SpiralScout units currently operating across the U.S., Canada and Switzerland. Beyond fostering a respect for nature, it is up to each SpiralScout unit leader to decide whether they will teach children the principles and philosophy of the Wiccan religion.

The vast majority of the SpiralScout units are operated by Wiccan groups and churches, he said.

"When we started to formalize the program, we designed it in a fashion that it's oriented towards earth religion, but so is Scouting, whether they realize it or not," Davis said. Unlike the "pervasive" use of Christianity contained within the BSA, the SpiralScouts was created to accommodate the spiritual beliefs of any minority religious group, he said.

SpiralScouts describes itself as a work in progress. It says it offers children the opportunity to develop interpersonal and life skills and a pagan world view, in addition to learning "the usual handicrafts of scouting and woodland lore."

Boy Scouts dismiss rejection

According to BSA spokesman Gregg Shields, religious emblems are the property of approved religious scouting organizations and are awarded at their own discretion. For example, he said the National Catholic Council on Scouting and the National Jewish Committee on Scouting each have their own unique religious emblem.

"There is no national Wiccan organization," Shields said. "So, that's why there is no religious award for Wiccans."

He encouraged any Wiccan group that would like to charter a troop in their community to submit an application to their local BSA council for consideration.

Focus on tolerance

According to the SpiralScouts membership requirements, it is imperative that parents and leaders promote religious and cultural tolerance so their children may learn to co-exist with society as a whole. Specifically, the group encourages children to accept the "differing roles of male and female throughout nature and culture."

Contrary to the Boy Scout policy of excluding homosexuals - a policy upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court - the SpiralScouts welcomes homosexuals within its ranks. Davis explained that the Wiccan religion accommodates homosexuals because its philosophy is focused on the "balance of polarities" of that exist in nature.

For example, Davis said the SpiralScouts mandates that leaders of individual units should include both a male and a female. However, he said the rules are flexible because some adults, such as homosexuals, "believe themselves to be embodying masculine or feminine characteristics."

Davis believes that such a male/female balance of leadership ensures a SpiralScout's positive integration into the real world. "Children are not born with prejudices," he noted. "They have to learn prejudice and intolerance from others."

Defiance of 'extreme right'

According to the group's handbook, "SpiralScouts is something new, something perhaps of historic proportions for modern Paganism. It certainly will have an unmistakable impact on Pagan children growing up in this era of Christian extreme-right domination of our culture."

According to the SpiralScouts' interpretation of the pagan philosophy, children participating in the program will learn to honor "both the maleness and femaleness we all harbor within us," as the handbook put it. "Perhaps, if we are lucky, even a few parents who may need some brushing up on these same skills may reap benefits just from being there with the children while the kids learn these things."

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: atheists; boyscouts; bsa; bsalist; devil; homosexuals; satan; scouts; wiccans
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To: Britton J Wingfield
I myself was a member of the Calvanist Cadet Corps, yet another Christian version of the scouts.

41 posted on 10/31/2002 10:56:39 AM PST by Lead
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To: Lead
Calvin not Calvan... :/
42 posted on 10/31/2002 10:58:32 AM PST by Lead
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To: Lord_Baltar
Those that promote satanic values should be outlawed before our army starts acting like the Taliban.
Ops4 God Bless America!
43 posted on 10/31/2002 11:08:20 AM PST by OPS4
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To: OPS4
Besides the obvious (criminal activity) what specifically are "Satanic" values???
45 posted on 10/31/2002 11:10:28 AM PST by FeliciaCat
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Blame it on the Osbournes!!
47 posted on 10/31/2002 11:14:02 AM PST by zeke15
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To: FeliciaCat
Satanic values as outlined by Lavey and Crowley are the final destruction of mans free will and moral values,
with a final out come of men destroying each other like maggots! So Satan can devour their souls.

Ops4 God Bless America

49 posted on 10/31/2002 11:19:16 AM PST by OPS4
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To: TexVet
I suggest you read up on it and see where the golden dawn society utilized the wiccan method to open weak minds up for satanic intervention.
Ops4 God Bless America.
51 posted on 10/31/2002 11:22:47 AM PST by OPS4
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To: biblewonk
And you are clueless!!

Some of you intolerant religious zealots are so.... never mind, it would probably get me banned.
53 posted on 10/31/2002 11:26:29 AM PST by Aric2000
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To: TexVet
I'm not afraid of them, I pray for them. Jesus Christ is my Lord.

I hope and pray that whole thing backfires on them. Do you remember the lady who sued to get prayer out of school? Her son is now a devout Christian.

This whole thing would be laughable, except that there are children involved, little children.

54 posted on 10/31/2002 11:26:46 AM PST by notpoliticallycorewrecked
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To: OPS4
I suggest you read up on it and see where the golden dawn society utilized the wiccan method to open weak minds up for satanic intervention.

I am staying out of this debate for very good reasons.

Sir, I strongly suggest that you check your facts first.

That is like saying that the Roman Empire was founded upon American ideas.

56 posted on 10/31/2002 11:30:36 AM PST by Hunble
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To: TexVet
Its time to read, Start with Theosphical house as a supplier in wheaton Illinois and read about the links between them all.

Golden Dawn, Wicca, Aquarian Gospels, Stonhedge, Keys to the Mysteries by Abbe Louis Constant aka Eliphas Levi,
many of the beliefs integrate.

I have read and studied for 30 years the religions of the world. This is my take, no one says you should agree.

But Moral Values can be tossed aside very easily when one is caught up in the search for truth. I for one have found peace and truth in the Judeo-Christian teachings.

God Bless America Ops4
God Bless America!
57 posted on 10/31/2002 11:31:27 AM PST by OPS4
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To: OPS4
This so called whacko group will NOT hurt children, MORON!!

In Wicca, a child is the utmost in innocence and it the parents responsibility to make sure that the child is not hurt nor it's innocence destroyed by such sexual deviancies.

Children are not sexual beings and therefore should not be treated as such. Sex and children do not go together and are not put up with. Any deviants that tried would be prosecuted so fast that it would make their heads spin.

Unlike the catholic church that tries to hide such behavior by their priests.
58 posted on 10/31/2002 11:32:18 AM PST by Aric2000
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To: PenguinWry
Read Crowleys book of Magik. and Laveys Satanic Bible.
Read my post 57.

God Bleass America!
59 posted on 10/31/2002 11:35:46 AM PST by OPS4
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To: joesnuffy
"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!"

Isaiah 5:20-21

I think this tactic is described in chapter one of the DNC playbook. I've seen them use it non-stop the past 10 years.

60 posted on 10/31/2002 11:36:00 AM PST by machman
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