Religion

Boy Scouts of America Still Banning Atheists

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The Freedom From Religion Foundation ran an ad in the New York Times on Sunday slamming the Boy Scouts of America for banning atheists but allowing gay members.

The ad began with the line: "Why is it socially acceptable to discriminate against atheists?”

The advertisement also included a cartoon drawn (pictured) for the FFRF by the late Don Addis of the St. Petersburg Times.

The FFRF ad also stated: "BSA's membership form contains a religious litmus test that defames freethinkers: 'The Boy Scouts of America maintain that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing his obligation to God.'"

“We’re so pleased Boy Scouts of America is moving forward on gay rights, and that it decided to lift its ban against gay Scouts,” stated FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor on the organization's website. “But why is it still choosing to exclude and shun nonreligious boys and their families?”

The FFRF cites the Boy Scouts of America's oath, which reads: "On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law, to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight."

The atheist organization got some unexpected support from the Christian-based Family Research Council.

"The bottom line is, scouting has now removed any logical or legal basis for protecting against the inclusion of openly gay scout masters, so in a sense this group is perfectly correct," said Rob Schwarzwalder, FRC senior vice president, to The Christian Post.

Sources: FFRF.org and The Christian Post

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