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  •  That is a difficult choice you and your son face, (0+ / 0-)

    because BSA does not allow atheists, and they expel members who declare their atheism.  As you know, BSA is not exclusively Christian: a scout can be any religion, but they've grown increasingly insistent that a boy must be of some religion, and they have lots of written policy on this general theme.

    It sounds like your son and you have to decide whether he can "pass" as some kind of believer in the divine, or if a sense of integrity forbids him.  FWIW, I could understand either choice.  Good luck.

    'Powerful influences strive today to restore that kind of government with its doctrine that Government is best which is most indifferent.' -- F. D. Roosevelt

    by LandruBek on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 03:42:23 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks, guys. (0+ / 0-)

      The problem is, his mother is clergy.  And she's very invested in him being a "successful" scout.  And he's just the right age to assert his independence.

      See where this is going?

      He's not old enough to be a "militant atheist" yet, but in a year or two he will be.  I'm waiting to see how this plays out, and I've got his back 100%.  

      Early to rise and early to bed Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead. --Not Benjamin Franklin

      by Boundegar on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 07:14:51 PM PDT

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      •  Well, he's fortunate to have parents who care (0+ / 0-)

        so much about him, and I'm sure you three will find the right path.

        In my humble opinion, the institution of BSA sucks, and I'm going to try to return my eagle award as soon as I can locate where it is.  But the experience of scouting is full of many good things, and I can't imagine my life without it.

        'Powerful influences strive today to restore that kind of government with its doctrine that Government is best which is most indifferent.' -- F. D. Roosevelt

        by LandruBek on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 07:36:10 PM PDT

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