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    • Unfortunately, I disagree with you on what would occur if this were to be put into public practice. Like the proverbial camel putting his head in the tent, it would only open BSA up to more pressure to drop the religious requirement. How many "I'm a scout but BSA won't give me my Eagle" op-eds would we see before National caves to peer pressure? I would bet you could count them on one hand.
    • The worry is Boy Scouts will have to change to welcome anyone that is offended by a part of the program. Making a path for atheists to take part in the program is fine. . . . but removing God from the program, changing the scout oath and banning prayer and doing away with scouts own services is what many Scouters are worried will happen.     
    • Not really, not in the big picture anyway. The problem with religions on the micro scale is they let the devil get into the details.   Why would they, they have the Oath and Law.   Well, it's a bit more complex than that, but yes, determining right and wrong at cultural level has to come from god.  I believe youth learn most of their discernment from observing the role models in their community. Humility is the source of intended good while pride is the source of intended bad. Man by nature is undisciplined and prideful and their selfishness drives them drive toward intended bad. On the other hand, teaches man to live by the intent of humility. A disciplined community of humble role models can only come from god guidance because man's natural selfishness and pride will never agree on a community of humble actions. Not without force anyway. Force is not humility. The creators of the Scouting movement thought much the same. Otherwise why would they give scouts the Oath and Law to direct their behavior if they already had the habits of determining right and wrong? Barry
    • When someone walks into our church on Sunday morning we don't ask if he's a believer, we say "we're glad you're here." When a youth joins our youth group we don't ask if he's a believer, we say "thanks for joining us." I get that we're worried about Scouts and oaths things, but isn't it really about helping youth build character?  If we can keep our existing program and open the door so that more Scouts experience our program that's got to be a good thing.
    • If you were to speak to one of my assistant leaders who is an atheist he’d say something along the lines of the following. Bear in mind I’m summarising his words from a long conversation one night. that it’s his belief that we are one small speck in a mind bogglingly vast universe. That the laws of physics and the fact that they created this universe fills him with wonder. That we are here only once. That the earth is the only place we have found, so far, where humans can live. Indeed where anything can live. That we are the only species who’s has developed intelligence to the point where we understand how fragile it is. That we have to share it with 7 billion others. So it naturally follows that the moral thing to do is to cooperate with each other. To look after the planet for the next generation.  His world view is not self centric but actually that he is reverent to the laws of nature and they in themselves create a moral code that he acts upon.
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