The Christian Institute reports that, unlike their counterparts “across the pond,” British Boy Scouts may soon end discrimination against atheist members.
The Scout Association is considering adopting a new “atheist” promise for the first time in its 105-year history.
Currently, in order to join the Scouts youngsters must pledge: “On my honour, I promise that I will do my best, To do my duty to God and to the Queen, To help other people, And to keep the Scout Law.”
And the [Girl] Guides are also thinking of rewriting their promise to love God and serve the Queen.
Don’t expect the American Scouts to follow suit any time soon.
The Christian Institute, needless to say, is discreetly aghast at the prospect of atheists being openly admitted to the Scouts.
The consultation on an “atheist” promise comes in stark contrast to the views of the movement’s founder, Lord Baden-Powell.
He ranked atheism alongside gambling, swearing and drunkenness in a handbook for boys…
“If you are really to make your way to success – ie happiness – you must not only avoid being sucked in by irreligious humbugs, but you must have a religious basis to your life”.
Of course, Baden-Powell also thought Scouting should be boys-only, and yet they did away with that constraint. What on earth is British Scouting coming to?