Should atheists be allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts of America?

Posted by: arcuttle

I am an Eagle Scout who, after leaving the program, now identifies as an agnostic. With pressure to allow homosexuals into scouting (and as a result, the change in rulings), the topic of atheists being allowed in scouting came to light. In my personal opinion, religion did not have an impact on my success in scouting, and I'd like to hear opinions, from scouts, scouters, and anyone with thoughts on the matter.

  • Atheists Should be Allowed in Scouting

  • Atheists Should not be Allowed in Scouting

88% 14 votes
12% 2 votes
  • Yes because just because someone has a different belief than you does not make them any different. nor does a black from white, just because their skin colour is different does not mean they cannot participate in regular activities. Atheists are no different from christian, the only difference is their religion. It should not matter what religion they practice, everyone should have equal rights.

  • I was/am a scout and religion never affected how good of a scout I was.

  • Why not? I mean they don't have to participate in prayer, but seriously at that age, almost everyone believes in God.

  • We should do something with the boy scouts. Kids are getting molested constantly in the boy scouts.

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Bgirlctforlife says2015-01-26T21:18:41.7756357-06:00
Why the hell would they not?
arcuttle says2015-01-26T21:27:02.5845377-06:00
According to this BSA, this is why they do not allow atheists, agnostics to participate: "The Boy Scouts of America maintains that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God. In the first part of the Scout Oath or Promise the member declares, ‘On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law.’ The recognition of God as the ruling and leading power in the universe and the grateful acknowledgment of His favors and blessings are necessary to the best type of citizenship and are wholesome precepts in the education of the growing members..." (http://web.Archive.Org/web/20080509074048/http://www.Bsalegal.Org/duty-to-god-cases-224.Asp).
Stefy says2015-01-26T22:01:17.7084822-06:00
Wait what theyre not allowed in? I mean they can make whatever rules they want but that doesnt make it even remotely ok. Wtf?
arcuttle says2015-01-26T22:07:43.3689708-06:00
I agree that it isn't right, however I am trying to look at it as objectively as possible. I was hoping to get more than a one-sided response because I genuinely believe that there are understandable reasons that can be presented by each side, so we'll see what happens.
Formerland1 says2015-01-29T11:01:48.8048088-06:00
By that logic athiests can't be witnesses in a court.

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