squishy wrote:truchas wrote:
It's sad that liberal activists are out to destroy the Scouts nowadays. I hope they survive.
They are destroying themselves with throw back policies which are more common place in the Muslim world...
Seems like they are turning the organization into a religious club...turning good people away because they are ghey or atheist...they deserve all the criticism they get, and I was a proud boy scout once as well...
I have toyed with the idea of volunteering many times, but every time I am reminded of the following truths and really wish there were other organizations for the rest of the people who don't fit their mold...
They need to evolve or lose all federal funding, it's obviously an organization which does not believe in our countries founding principals...Scout’s discriminate against women, gays, and atheists, yet they receive federal funding for their activities. Federal funding should stop. Let the Scout’s fend for themselves.
Why am I anti Boy Scouts? I am an atheist and therefore cannot be a scout leader. My ten year old son is interested in joining; only I would have to lie to participate. I am not going to lie, so no scouts for my son. Since I don’t want to subject my son to potential child molesters or religious conversion, I will not let him go it alone. In thinking deeper on the subject, I find myself asking, why do I pay taxes to support this organization? It is excluding members based on not having faith, yet virtually every other religion on the planet is in the Scouts. It seems like a clear cut case of discrimination. The federal government should not fund bodies that discriminate against people based on their (lack of) religion. It is time to cut the Boy Scouts loose, let them find funding from churches and corporate America. Perhaps Congress can fund an organization that is open to all Americans.
mconnell wrote:BTW, the last troop I volunteered with had an openly atheistic troop leader. Nobody except for one mother cared, including the local council. They defended him as leader when the mother complained. He understood that he was part of a religious organization, so he didn't preach or criticize so it didn't affect anyone.
butitsadryheat wrote:+1 to the last four posts.
I ask, if here are so many opposed, why not start another organization?
Maybe the scouts are doing something right by being so rigid, and have shown that those who want to act and lead, do, and those who don't, don't? When they decide to, another version of the scouts will prevail.
redneck wrote:So as some in this thread have suggested, I am starting a new youth hiking group in my community. We had our first meeting last night. All girls. Apparently it's harder to get boys to get out into the mountains to enjoy the wilderness.
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