Boy Scouts Of America Won’t Accept Atheists As Members

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Welcoming girls into an organization originally intended for boys was not a step too far--but atheists? That's a no go.

The Boy Scouts of America has undergone a few major changes in the past several years, shifting policies to make room for gay and trans individuals – and even girls.

But welcoming atheists into their fold is one step too far, it would seem.

As the Friendly Atheist reports, a couple of weeks ago, the organization – now called the Scouts BSA in an effort to be even more inclusive – adopted a resolution at its annual meeting reaffirming its religious requirement.

Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board Resolution Reaffirming Duty to God

WHEREAS the foundational values of the Boy Scouts of America are reflected in the Scout Oath and Scout Law;

WHEREAS the first part of the Scout Oath declares “On my honor I will do my best to do my Duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;”

WHEREAS the Declaration of Religious Principle in Bylaws of the Boy Scouts of America states that:

The recognition of God as the ruling and leading power in the universe and the grateful acknowledgement of His favors and blessings are necessary to the best type of citizenship and are wholesome precepts in the education of the growing members. No matter what the religious faith of the members may be, this fundamental of good citizenship should be kept before them.

WHEREAS the twelfth point of the Scout Law is Reverent and while the Boy Scouts of America is absolutely nonsectarian in its view of religious training, Reverent means that a Scout is faithful in his or her religious duties and respects the beliefs of others; and

WHEREAS these faith-based tenets have been a part of the Boy Scouts of America since it was founded and, notwithstanding any changes to Scouting programs, the commitment of the movement to Duty to God is unwavering;

Now therefore be it resolved that the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America hereby reaffirms its unequivocal commitment to the Declaration of Religious Principle as a fundamental component of the mission of the Boy Scouts of America.

No matter how inclusive the organization has become, it continues to abide the notion that religion is required to raise a good and moral citizenry.

If you care about making your children better, more ethical, more decent people, the Boy Scouts won’t help you. They continue pushing the harmful and false notion that atheism is incompatible with being an upstanding citizen.

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