Atheist scouts told to “keep quiet” or lie about their beliefs
Posted by Mr DoctorE on April 30, 2012
Slash is cool, cooler than Gawd :)
ATHEIST Scots youngsters are being told to “keep quiet” or lie about their beliefs in order to join the Scouts.
Droves of non-believers are signing up to local scouting groups across the country, despite having to pledge their allegiance to god.
Pledging to do your duty to god and queen are currently key requirements for all members of the Scouts, with a review on the wording currently under way.
Several humanists have admitted their children are in the Scouts, prompting calls for the Scout Association (SA) to adopt a more inclusive oath for atheists – as well as republicans.
Last week a mother from Thurso, Caithness, revealed her atheist son had been allowed to pledge allegiance to “my god” when he took his oath, revealing her son’s “god” was in fact Slash, rock guitarist from Guns N’ Roses.
A humanist parent from Aberdeenshire, who is the secretary of her local Scout troop, said her 12-year-old son swore the religious oath so he could join up with his friends, despite not believing in god.
She said he would retire from Scouts at 14 instead of taking the oath again in order to join Explorer Scouts.
The mother, who wished to remain anonymous, added: “It makes a mockery of the oath. He does not believe in God and realises that as a consequence he may not be able to stay in the Scouts unless he lies.”