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  •  To serve as an adult leader in the scouts (1+ / 0-)
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    -- including just acting as a counselor to help boys earn merit badges -- you must sign a statement that not only affirms your own faith in a creator, but denounces your fellow citizens who have no such faith, because it asserts that they cannot be the "best kind of citizen".

    That's pretty odious.

    To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

    by UntimelyRippd on Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 10:15:21 PM PDT

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    •  Where? When? (0+ / 0-)

      Im a Boys Scout Leader.  So is my wife.  In 11 years I have never see one of those let alone signed one.  She has been a Girls Scout since age 5 so almost 42 years of scouting.  Never heard of or seen anything like that.

      That might be the policy of an individual counsel but not of BSA.

      It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

      by ksuwildkat on Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 10:46:58 AM PDT

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      •  From the Adult Application, which is required (0+ / 0-)

        for any official role as a leader/volunteer, including merit badge counselor:

        Page 2, in the top box outlined in red (emphasis mine):

        Excerpt From Declaration of Religious Principle

        The Boy Scouts of America maintains that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God and, therefore, recognizes the religious element in the training of the member, but it is absolutely nonsectarian in its attitude toward that religious training. Its policy is that the home and organization or group with which the member is connected shall give definite attention to religious life.

        Only persons willing to subscribe to these precepts from the Declaration of Religious Principle and to the Bylaws of the Boy Scouts of America shall be entitled to certificates of leadership.

        Leadership Requirements
        The applicant must possess the moral, educational, and emotional qualities that the Boy Scouts of America deems necessary to afford positive leadership to youth. The applicant must also be the correct age, subscribe to the precepts of the Declaration of Religious Principle, and abide by the Scout Oath or Promise, and the Scout Law.
        The precepts of the Declaration of Religious Principle, to which one "must" subscribe, explicitly include the dogma that, "no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God".

        Oh, and of course, there's nothing at all like this in the Girl Scouts organization, which has not been stolen from the public at large by a band of zealots.

        To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

        by UntimelyRippd on Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 11:34:46 AM PDT

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