Scouting for all… September 9, 2006

Scouting for all…

Ten years ago, an atheist woman sued the Boy Scouts of America because her first-grade son was *required* to attend a recruiting session for the scouts during lunch at a Portland public school. The woman claimed discrimination– the Boy Scouts require boys to profess belief in God, and that wasn’t how she was rasing her son. (And you can’t be gay, either, because apparently that makes you unqualified to tie knots.)

Now, the Oregon Supreme Court overruled a lower court’s decision and sided with the Boy Scouts.

I don’t understand what the Scouts want to do… recruit all these boys and then kick them out a few years later when they’ve made a personal decision about their beliefs?

What rationale did the majority of the court have for allowing the Boy Scouts to do this? They said, “It is in the later enrollment in the organization that the Boy Scouts differentiate among those who do not profess a belief in the deity and those who do.”

And so that makes it ok.

Of course, if the Boy Scouts discriminated against Jews, maybe the court’s decision would be bigger news.

But we’re atheists so this is allowed.

[tags]Boy Scouts of America, Oregon Supreme Court, atheist, Portland[/tags]

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