Letter to the Editor
Although it is commendable that the Boy Scouts are going to stop prohibiting gay scouts I’m not hearing them say anything about changing their position when it come to excluding boys based on their religious beliefs. The Boy Scouts require scouts believe in God and excludes boys who don’t share their particular religious views.
There are a growing number of boys who are part of the reality based community who are uncomfortable being required to acknowledge a belief in something that isn’t real. Furthermore in the believing community boys are uncomfortable with a flavor of religion that is different from their own. Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim children are uncomfortable with the Boy Scouts pushing a Jesus based religion on them.
Boy Scouts are supposed to be teaching life skills to boys and a set of skills and values that would apply to any boy of any religion. If the Boy Scouts don’t want to do that then they should just call themselves the Christian Boy Scouts. It seems to me that the time has come to decide if they are going to be inclusive or exclusive and if they are going to be inclusive then they should include boys from the doubt based world and focus on universal ethics, camping, and tying knots. Things that all boys should know regardless of sexual orientation or what invisible people they do or do not worship.