UK Scouting Groups Consider Adding Anti-God Atheist Oath for Secular Children
The traditional values espoused by Scouts groups across the globe appear to be eroding. TheBlaze has reported extensively about the Girl Scouts of the USA and its increasing leftist slant. Similarly, this summer we also reported about Australia’s Girl Guides, a Girl Scout sister organization that recently decided to remove “God” from its official oath. Now, in a separate move, British boy and girl scouting organizations may take similar actions.
The Guardian has more about the new oaths that may become available for atheist children who wish to participate in scouting organizations without pledging allegiance to a higher power:
Since 1908, when Robert Baden-Powell laid down the rules for his nascent movement in Scouting for Boys, new Scouts and Guides have made the traditional three-finger salute and promised to not just help others but remain loyal to a deity or higher power. Now, for the first time, the self-professed godless could also be welcome.
The Scout Association has launched a consultation to gauge support among members for an alternate atheist Scout promise, removing the invocation of a deity. At the same time, the Guide Association, the parallel movement which began two years later, is to launch a consultation about its very similar promise, with views sought on all parts of the wording from early January.
The current version of the Scout promise reads: “On my honour, I promise that I will do my best to do my duty to God and to the Queen, to help other people and to keep the Scout law.”
While there is not currently an atheist pledge, other faiths are accommodated. “God,” being a very general term, generally complies with most faith systems and, over the past 40 years, various versions of the oath have existed for Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus, among other religious cohorts.
For quite some time, atheists and secularists have pushed for more inclusive pledges that do not include a deity. Up to this point, kids who do not believe in God have been forced to take the oath or have simply not joined the organizations. Regardless of what happens, the Scout Association claims that a belief in a higher power will remain a key portion of the organization’s practices.
“We are a values-based movement, and exploring faith and religion will remain a key element of the scouting programme. That will not change,” said Wayne Bulpitt, the association’s chief commissioner. ”However, throughout our 105-year history, we have continued to evolve so that we remain relevant to communities across the UK.”
The atheist response has been one of intrigue and encouragement. National Secular Society President Terry Sanderson called the plans to examine the oath a “move in the right direction.”
“By adjusting their promise to include people without a religious belief, the Scouts will bring themselves in line with the reality of 21st century Britain, where more than two-thirds of young people say they have no religious belief,” Sanderson said, according to Channel 4.
“If the Scouts decide to change the promise, it would relieve many young people of having to lie about what they believe in order to be part of this great organization.”
- ‘Bigoted, Religious [Zealots]‘: High School Senior Allegedly Expelled, Charged With Felonies Over Gay Relationship With ‘Consenting’ Fellow Student 787 Comments
- White House: ‘Irrelevant Fact’ Where Obama Was During Benghazi 346 Comments
- CNN Poll: Obama’s Approval Rating Unchanged Since Scandals Hit 240 Comments
- Washington Times Writer: Fox News Scandal Goes ‘Much Deeper,’ W.H. Sitting on Something Top Obama Aides ‘Terrified’ About 224 Comments
- Report: Obama Administration Apologizes for Another National Security Leak 214 Comments
- University Will Investigate Christian Professor’s Intelligent Design Class Following Atheist Furor 107 Comments
- Israeli Motorists Shocked When Nazi Flag Seen Flying Near Palestinian Mosque Read More
- Did Christian Prayers at Gov’t Meetings in This NY Town Violate the Constitution? 165 Comments
- John Kerry Reportedly Had a Breakfast Meeting With Father of Gaza Flotilla ‘Martyr’ Last Week — and There’s Apparently Picture Evidence 138 Comments
- Sebelius’ Controversial Fundraising Efforts Raise Concerns, Allegedly Chase Away Potential Donors Read More
- See All the Viral Backlash Abercrombie & Fitch Has Received for Its CEO’s Comments From Years Ago That Resurfaced Again Read More
- Is This the ‘Smoking Gun’ That Ties the IRS Scandal to the White House? 176 Comments
- Monday Morning Market Roundup: Not Off to Such a Great Start Read More
- Yahoo Just Bought This Social Networking Site for $1.1B Read More
- This Teen’s Invention Means You Could Charge Your Cellphone in Less Than 30 Seconds Read More
- One of the Most Unlikely Animals Being Trained to Hunt Land Mines Read More
- Woman Who Lost All Limbs to Flesh-Eating Bacteria Gets $200K Bionic Arms Read More
- Why Are These Zoo Keepers Baffled by This Anteater’s Babies? Read More
- Largest Lunar Explosion in NASA History Caught on Video 139 Comments
- Who Has More Viewers…President Obama’s Weekly Address Or The Daily Blazecast?
- Most people don’t think the DOJ was trying to bully the media by secretly taking reporters’ phone records
- Greta Van Susteren says DOJ ‘lucky’ they didn’t hack her emails
- Media Matters has no idea what to do with itself right now
- Caption that photo!: the winner
- Twister season starts late, but starts nonetheless
- Chinese fishing boat, crew released by North Korea
- Bruce homers to back Cueto in Reds' win over Mets
- Oklahoma twister tracked path of 1999 tornado
- FBI agents killed in Va. training were among elite
- Police close Susan Powell case, offer new details
- Publicist: Founding member of The Doors dies at 74
- 'Apple of my Eye' star turns to first love: music