Tom Krattenmaker, a speaker at the AHA’s upcoming annual conference, has an article in USA TODAY undercutting the idea touted by the Boy Scouts of America that morality and religion is a required connection.
(For information on the AHA’s annual conference, May 30-June 2, click here: http://conference.americanhumanist.org/)
My son would love to be a Boy Scout. Many of the activities they do fall right in line with his interests and getting him involved in a nationally recognized group would be great.
But in order for him to join, he would have to lie about his religious beliefs… which, I’m pretty sure, is frowned upon. (Wrote about that HERE if you’re interested.)
I sincerely do hope the organization continues to evolve and the focus will eventually be solely on the qualities that make a good Scout rather than who they love or whether or not they were indoctrinated into a religion as a child.
Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful,
Friendly, Courteous, Kind,
Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty,
Brave, Clean, Reverent
Good stuff there…except maybe the obedient part. I personally like my kiddos a little feisty. :-)