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The Boy Scouts Still Don’t Accept Atheists


This week, the Boy Scouts of America did
something they should have done a long time ago. They got rid of the ban
on gay scout leaders. You know, it used to be that if you were a gay boy scout and you committed the cardinal sin of turning 18, they would kick you out. But now those scouts can grow up and come back as leaders and mentor the next generation of scouts. It’s a great move. I mean,
I’m happy they did it. I’m not surprised either. I mean, there’s been so
much criticism of the Boy Scouts over the years, that this was really
just a matter of survival. I mean, last month the group’s president,
Robert Gates, even said — and I’m paraphrasing — that if the Boy Scouts continues being
a homophobic organization, they may not be around
much longer. But not everyone is happy
with this new decision. Colorado State Representative,
Gordon Klingenschmitt, who used to be
a Christian chaplain, said on his personal talk show that this decision
to allow gay scout leaders will “lead to child abuse.” Because I guess, if a gay scout leader takes a bunch of boys camping, there’s gonna be a lot of molesting going on. Seriously, he thinks that. I mean,
there’s a link below if you want to know more. The Mormon Church also
denounced the decision, even though religiously affiliated
boy scout troops will still get to select
their own leaders. So, if they still want to ban gay troops,
they have the ability to do that. And 70% of local boy scout troops have a religious affiliation, but they still aren’t happy. Bigots gonna bigot, right? Which brings me
to my last point. The Boy Scouts of America is still
a discriminatory organization. If you are openly atheist, you still
cannot be a scout, or a scout leader. In fact, the scouting oath even calls on boys
to swear “To do my duty to God, and my country.” And among the many qualities you’re
supposed to honor as part of the scout law, one of them is reverence to a higher power, obviously. If you can’t agree to those things,
they will kick you out. And they have done that
to a lot of wonderful hard-working atheists. It’s frustrating that the media seems
to be ignoring this in their coverage. They’re applauding the BSA for letting
gay scout leaders in, and they should, but they’re leaving out the fact
that the BSA still keeps atheists out. To be clear, the Boy Scouts of America is a private
group and they are allowed to set their own rules. But when the president of the United States
is also the Boy Scout’s honorary president, and the group has a congressional
charter as a civic group, and they’re allowed to go to public
schools to recruit new members, there shouldn’t be any religious
discrimination happening whatsoever. If they want to keep
atheists out, then they have no business
getting the support of our government and they certainly shouldn’t have
access to public schools. My name is Hemant Mehta and
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99 COMMENTS

  1. DamnedDivinity Posted on August 2, 2015 at 12:37 am

    I am an Eagle Scout of the BSA. I became an Atheist after my Boy Scout days. It makes me sick to see this. An organization that I once put my heart and soul into, would shun me for being rational and realistic? This is why I'm no longer affiliated or involved with the Boy Scouts of America.

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  2. NVader Media Posted on August 2, 2015 at 1:35 am

    Athiest Eagle Scout here. I can NEVER be openly atheistic. Being an Eagle Scout has gotten me so far in life!

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  3. Donald Drumpf Posted on August 2, 2015 at 3:27 am

    And All these Christian fundamentalists think that Christians are being discriminated against. Lol

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  4. Darkfox Bill Posted on August 2, 2015 at 3:27 am

    This fucks with me every time i hear it because I was in a troop of 90% atheists and we were pretty fucking open about it.

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  5. Zerphses Posted on August 2, 2015 at 4:01 am

    That's why I quit.

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  6. Dhaarok Posted on August 2, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Who wants a bunch of delusional illogical fools into the organization. Spreading their stupidity and their non existent morals. ( If you have morals as an atheist than you are delusional and dont realize nothing matters and everything is just a bunch of cell processes)

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  7. Steve Humanist Posted on August 2, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Well, the Boy Scouts were modeled after Freemasonry, which requires Deism of some sort, so that's not surprising.

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  8. D M Posted on August 2, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    ATHEISTS SHOULD BECOME SATANISTS

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  9. Nolan Hartsock Posted on August 3, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Hemant, I am someone who does not believe in god, i am also someone who does not believe in these crazy conspiracy theories. My question is how do you feel about them (the conspiracy theories), like for instance, that we are being controlled by reptilian overlords

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  10. AdobeArtist 19 Posted on August 3, 2015 at 4:01 am

    So why would an atheist even want to be part of such an organization. Sure it's discrimination, but then is being part of that really a big deal in the first place, that anyone should feel they're "missing out"? Seriously, what do they offer that makes them THE hot ticket to be a part of?

    No point in trying to call for a reform. Just let them be seen for the narrow minded tools they are and watch their numbers dwindle.

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  11. Walker Hess Posted on August 3, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    I was 'asked to leave' the BSA due to my atheism

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  12. Anna Posted on August 3, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I used to be in Girl Scouts and although they are an accepting group the pledge still says "to serve God and my country" I really hope that line will change soon.

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  13. teezzur Posted on August 4, 2015 at 2:01 am

    You'd be surprised how many atheists have been scouts and scout leaders. In truth the one loophole we found was that we all decided to pray to Odin and Thor, to have reverence for the gods of our ancestors. They may not have bought it completely, but there was a thing they could do…. since I was the scout master at the time. Mostly though there was rarely any discussion about religion… we all had a great time and enjoyed the extended family.

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  14. Gordon Shumway Posted on August 4, 2015 at 3:59 am

    Go form your own group, douche bag. By all means, ban us.

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  15. Frank Bartell Posted on August 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    This isn't necessarily true, I'm openly atheist, and a Life Scout and Senior Patrol Leader for my troop. Also, the boy scouts define reverent as being respectful of other peoples religions, while following your own beliefs, and staying respectful to other peoples higher powers.

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  16. Kiko Joseph Posted on August 5, 2015 at 12:48 am

    I'm confused – how would the Boy Scouts know who is gay? Do they scan for a so-called gay gene? Do they ask on a questionnaire? Do they use gaydar? Do they monitor the growth of their penis and rectal dilation when viewing nude photos of men?

    This is so ridiculous.

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  17. Sterling Tucker Posted on August 5, 2015 at 3:09 am

    This is the one probem i have with the boy scouts and i am a athis and i lead my troop

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  18. Craig Seamus Posted on August 5, 2015 at 11:44 am

    who  cares about the boy scouts

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  19. TheGnarlyDoug Posted on August 5, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    The Boy Scouts Still Don't Accept Girls either.  End this discrimination!  (sarcasm).

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  20. Nik Solanovic Posted on August 6, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    If you want your kids to join a group similar to Boy Scouts but for any religion put them in cadets.

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  21. Kenneth Eun Posted on August 7, 2015 at 5:53 am

    I'm in Boy Scouts and I'm not very sure about other troops but most of the scouts I know are atheists and the first time I figured out that the boyscouts are even religious at all is when we prayed one single time at a chapel

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  22. יוסף Posted on August 7, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    I was in the Boy Scouts until I was almost 18. There is a good core to the program, and I credit it with helping me develop my independence and leadership skills. I even served as Senior Patrol Leader in my troop. But damn, the older I got, the more and more I realized just how conservative an organization it really was. This is, of course, a reflex of its history as a religious and military-oriented organization, but it took me a while to realize just how many social conservatives I was surrounded by, especially in the adult leadership. That put me in awkward positions more than once, and it has kept me from going back as an adult and volunteering with the organization. I look forward to the day when they are more ideologically inclusive.

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  23. chris cox Posted on August 7, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    the boyscouts seem to want to violate the separation of church and state and affirmative action public school laws equally means boyscouts are racist?! <no homosexuals/L.G.B.T. and no atheists allowed?! hmmmmm? now i know why my father wouldn't let me become a boyscout in the early 1980's, he didn't want to me to become a racist!

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  24. XenoZane Posted on August 8, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    My troop doesn't care if you're atheist or not, and until a few years ago weren't aware that gays were banned

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  25. John Love Posted on August 8, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Bigots will always be bigots…
    That applies so much to you…

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  26. Prometheus Posted on August 9, 2015 at 12:52 am

    Girl Scouts don't allow atheists either, unless you can say the promise to serve god.

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  27. TheIcelandicPrincess Posted on August 9, 2015 at 1:21 am

    I remember when i told my scout master that i was an atheist and the only thing he said if i wanted to say my oath again but with the atheist version.

    And this was back in the nineties.

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  28. KSI Foss Posted on August 9, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    So, I am "openly" Atheist and am in the Boy Scouts. When ever we say the oath I Always leave out "God" during the part "on my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country". I haven't really been hassled about it but I've had scouts and parents ask why. They haven't discriminated against me but some have thought differently of me since learning of my atheism. It will be interesting to see what happens when I turn 18. (Ps, I also Always "god" in the pledge.)

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  29. TheDesertFox ` Posted on August 10, 2015 at 2:41 am

    Well, i WAS gonna see if i could join a scout troop just to see whats it like, but of course i cant because Christians biggots will never accept atheism :/

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  30. Jehovah Posted on August 12, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    I would trust my boy with an openly gay scoutmaster over a man in vestments any fucking day of the week. Hypocritical shitheads. Every single one of em.

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  31. Wakeup Sheeple Posted on August 12, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    You not create your own boy and girls scouts , for atheist , LGBT, Etc problems solved . leave others alone.

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  32. Josie Leonhardt Posted on August 13, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    A local church in my town who supported the Boy Scout stopped hosting there meetings.

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  33. Hel :3 Posted on August 17, 2015 at 2:46 am

    just a reson to not be a scout.
    wait. I don't live in America
    Demit!

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  34. Tyran Hepburn Posted on August 18, 2015 at 2:40 am

    ok i hate atheist they say there is no god but how did people get put on earth its not like one day space just threw humans on earth but atheist can never explexplain how humans got put on earth

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  35. gotham61 Posted on August 19, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    I am gay, an atheist, and an Eagle Scout. My troop was affiliated with a Catholic school. Back in the 1970s when I was in the scouts, there was officially a ban against gay scouts too, not just leaders. I never had a problem, I guess it worked kind of like the way don't ask don't tell did in the military.

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  36. Maximilian Boneparte Posted on August 19, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    After recently receiving my Eagle, I am still ashamed of the BSA. If I hadn't lied, seven years of my childhood would amount to nothing. They would have legitimately withheld my award if I told the truth. Ironically, telling the truth is a virtue of scouting.

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  37. Joseph C. Posted on August 20, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    I am in Boy Scouts as an Atheist. Every time that I go, I have to lie and say out reverent I am, and when we pray, I have to bow my head even though I disagree with what is happening. I started Boy Scouts when I was religious, so I am too far in now to give up. In the Board of Reviews I have to lie and say how much of a Christian I am and how much I go to church. I plan to let them know I'm an Atheist after I get Eagle to show them Atheists can be good people too.

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  38. matt THORNE Posted on August 26, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Scouts in England accept atheists. My old scout leader was an atheist

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  39. matt THORNE Posted on August 26, 2015 at 10:04 am

    The Americans sounds much more religious than the English one( where it started)

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  40. Tom Jones Posted on August 28, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Wow man… as an Atheist, I come here to listen to atheist related discussions. Why do you constantly bring up gays?! Are you a pole smoker yourself?? You are so quick to defend men with semen breath! It's beyond disgusting. Scout leaders of all male youth, should in NO WAY be sexually attracted to them! They should be MEN. There is no REASON to have gay scouts leaders. Same with gay scouts. Scouting teaches boys to become men. Not little nancys. You shoot guns, camp, hike… not interior decorate! A private organization can accept and reject anyone into their group. As a former scout, I would NEVER go camping, spend time at the house , and other close intimate situations with a gay man.

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  41. ChamorruWarrior Posted on August 30, 2015 at 7:23 am

    This is right up there with my situation. I tried to join the "Neo Nazis" a couple months ago. You know what they said? They said I couldn't join because apparently you have to be "full white" as they put it. Can you believe that being half Pacific Islander is the only thing that kept me out of a white supremacist organization? Also, don't try to join the Navy Seals if you can't swim and/or don't believe in the use of firearms on anything other than a target.

    When is this world gonna learn that it's not about you fitting into an organization, it's values and beliefs, it's about organizations fitting ANYONE and EVERYONE into their group no matter what they believe and stand for!?

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  42. ChamorruWarrior Posted on August 30, 2015 at 7:41 am

    3,000 babies a day are aborted in the US and it's all public funded, no one gives a shit. An organization founded on traditional Christian/Military values prefers to keep it that way and the world FLIPS THE FUCK OUT.

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  43. Joseph Park Posted on September 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    As an atheist and registered Eagle Scout, I would just like to propound my experience of my journey through scouting. Of course, there's undeniable bigotry and religious ideology that is cause for discrimination, not to mention that the organization is inherently sexist and provides their opportunities to a specific demographic (although the parameters of who they accept are growing slowly but consistently). However, I learned many positive things and scouting undoubtedly helped me become a better person and contribute to my community.

    In my opinion, I feel like this organization accurately resembles Evangelical Christianity today. There are many harmful, incorrect, and bigoted ideas that the BSA and Evangelical Christians share, but typically, they genuinely try and impact society in a positive way at the same time. That does not exclude their immoral actions and their religious persecution, but I feel like it should be something to be considered.

    Edit: Grammatical corrections

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  44. The Lonely Bard Posted on September 8, 2015 at 1:25 am

    I'm an atheist, and I'm I'm a Star Scout. Although, I'm not really open about it.

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  45. runforitman Posted on September 13, 2015 at 8:55 am

    I wanted to join scouts but I didn't want to say all that duty to god stuff because I'm an atheist. So, I guess I'll never do that.

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  46. ButtercupDragon Mac&Cheese Posted on September 14, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Want us to show up to the Reason Rally in our uniforms? But seriously, if the "reason" they think atheists are bad role models is simply because I don't believe in god then why was I asked to be cub master? Or why do the parents beg me to lead their den? I have 3 outstanding boys all in scouts who are compassionate and brilliant boys. They make me proud and I love scouting because they have the feeling of belonging to a group. I aim to show what Good without God looks like. I want myself and my 3 boys to be the face of what they expect and blow their minds that we do not worship any deity. I am NOT the only atheist family in the local scout group, but I am the only openly atheist one (that would say anything to someone else inside the Pack.)

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  47. Ed Cox Posted on September 18, 2015 at 5:03 am

    Hemant,

    Thank you for all that you do.

    I think it is time to expose the real threat of discrimination brought to light recently with Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis, who was elected to issue marriage licenses according to the law of the land, not her personal convictions.

    This story stems from merchants that don't want to sell gay wedding cakes. The same cake, that straight people buy, and there are no secret ingredients that change them to homosexuals. Okay silly reference, but the very idea merchants would intentionally reduce their income is setup. Would a Christian CEO of a major car manufacturer refuse to sell cars to homes? The board of directors would've their head.

    Is Ms. Davis going to be accommodated in refusing other services too? This is what she was elected to do.

    The county clerk is also responsible for issuing auto tags, boat and trailer registration, and recording real property records, taxes, last will and testaments, all of which are services gay people are granted under the constitution.

    The county clerk is also responsible for issuing notary licenses, and that person (who may be gay) who is deemed of good moral standing and can conduct wedding ceremonies for couples who have a valid wedding license from the same clerk (heterosexual status is not a pre-requisite to be married in the name of government, and no religious ceremony validates a marriage without a government license, thats just the way it is).

    Please spread the word, and stop the non-sense.

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  48. Zack Roy Posted on September 20, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Im openly athiest in my Boy Scout troop and I have been for a few years and no one has done anything about it.

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  49. Sam Youmans Posted on September 21, 2015 at 2:05 am

    I am an Eagle Scout and I have pledged to live my life by the Scout Oath and Law.
    Scout Oath: On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country, to obey the Scout Law, to help other people at all times, and to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
    Scout Law: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. The Scout Oath and Law have lead me into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, because they are derived from the Bible's teachings, and have developed me into a stronger and wiser leader then I ever could have imagined if God was not involved. Praise be to the loving God!

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  50. Tori Hoover Posted on September 25, 2015 at 3:49 am

    i laughed so hard at 1:10

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  51. Tori Hoover Posted on September 25, 2015 at 3:52 am

    i am a girl scout and in our promise we have to say i will do my best to serve god and my country. after i do my gold award for my college resumé im out

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  52. KangnamS Uperman Posted on September 25, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    After turning 18 you are not considered a "Boy" That's why it's called the "Boy Scouts" Dipshit!

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  53. Neurectoblaste Posted on October 26, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Wow that's super awkward to hear from my european point of view, I am a girl scout leader and nobody gives a crap what the sexual orientation or religion of people is in scout groups. Religion had already become a sort of vestigial organ by the time I was a kid in girl scouts but a few years ago religion was completely removed from the organization, we still try to instill humanist values like sharing, helping one another etc but we don't need to shove bigotry down children's throats for that.

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  54. TheAtheistCanadian Posted on November 19, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    I remember when I was a kid and in boy scouts (specifically it was called Beavers over here) there was a time they didn't let girls in either, and doing so was some big shift and change.

    Note I'm only 21 now so this wasn't even that long ago.

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  55. william redfern Posted on November 21, 2015 at 12:40 am

    How on earth do they still keep going,,why do parents still let there children to join,,l was refused entry because the scout master did not like my farther,, how pleased l am now,, with all these bent scout masters,,

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  56. william redfern Posted on December 1, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    gay scout masters, is this some thing new,,,,,???????????????????????

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  57. Andrew Hayes Posted on December 8, 2015 at 6:51 am

    I'm kind of in a horrible position, I'm 14 and being sent to a catholic school and I am attending Boy Scouts. I have other friends at my school and in my troop who do not believe with either, but we have to hide our atheism if we want to continue our lives as we know them

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  58. Jelllyfishstingz Posted on December 9, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Recently I sent a letter to the Boy scouts of America asking them to revoke my status as an eagle scout seeing as my atheism should have disqualified me from receiving the award. I have not yet heard back from them but I think it would be great if other eagle scouts sent similar letter/emails so that they can get an idea of how even their own past members disagree with their discrimination.

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  59. Noscopede Posted on December 31, 2015 at 6:56 am

    Does anyone think, in a "right" world, theists would be the minority? Theoretically, it makes sense. Just saying.

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  60. Dion Peters Posted on January 6, 2016 at 6:40 am

    It's great to live in Europe as an Atheist.. Wow

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  61. KenoTube Posted on January 19, 2016 at 6:24 am

    Do they allow Pastafarians?

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  62. Two Maestros Posted on January 29, 2016 at 3:43 am

    They also made it so when you rank up, you have to tell them how reverent you have been. I might not be able to stay much longer…

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  63. BlazingShade Posted on January 31, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    And now we have girls in the boy scouts.

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  64. SpectacularName Posted on February 3, 2016 at 6:05 am

    I was a Boy Scout and a closet atheist. I can confirm that I had to stay in character as a Christian to stay in scouting.

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  65. tubetib Posted on April 2, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    For the Canadian association I found this: http://www.scouts.ca/ca/frequently-asked-questions. They say we need to have faith.

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  66. EPIC ELI Posted on April 7, 2016 at 2:55 am

    atheist suck because atheists are bad

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  67. Thewonderfulwizardoftheweb Posted on April 18, 2016 at 5:51 am

    I'm an open atheist and I'm a scouts… oops?

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  68. TheFloatingSheep Posted on April 18, 2016 at 8:45 am

    boy scouts shouldn't even exist, i've been there, it's just indoctrination and child abuse

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  69. Dmitry Posted on April 24, 2016 at 11:23 am

    The Atheists people become more cancerous evry day

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  70. Sam Posted on May 11, 2016 at 5:03 am

    Every troop in my area turned me down due to the sole reason of me being atheist. They literally said and I paraphrase: You would make a great scout but, we just cannot stand to accept atheists.

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  71. Veritas Aquitas Posted on May 16, 2016 at 12:15 am

    The Boy Scouts do not let any leader to be alone with any boys. Children really don't have any idea what a atheist is. Only people like you get all bent out of shape. Let me know when one of you guys are not trying to indoctrinate people to believe there is no god. One thing you atheists will never admit to, you have to have faith there is no god.

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  72. Evergreen Posted on May 18, 2016 at 4:01 am

    …wheres the TONS AND TONS, of athiests descriminating christians? christians always talk about it…

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  73. Simon Templar Posted on June 3, 2016 at 4:36 am

    Mr. Atheist I have a hard time not making fun of you I look at the selected videos you have made and I am wondering is there a group out there you don't hate? You have to acknowledge where I am communing from right? When your videos are scouts, Catholics, Mormons, the Salvation Army whiskey-Tango-Fox! (WTF) Just to let you know as subject material for your haste E-mails I am a Conservative who votes Republican (not sure how to justify voting for Trump and can't vote for Hilary) Eagle Scout, Mormon was a Missionary.I want you to make a video of what you believe attacking another group I want your convictions without saying like I support any group that does not believe in creation you can't tear down another group to show conviction. I won't hold my breath waiting for your video I'll bet your post of why you hate the groups I believe in and how dumb I am for believing in them will arrive quickly and video won't come at all

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  74. robert warren Posted on June 11, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Scouts also pledge to remain "Physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight." Morally straight… THAT'S one reason atheists aren't allowed to associate with the scouts and more power to them! They don't want the diseased scourge of Godless immorality in their organization. Here's an idea for a video- one of atheists and their chickensh*t weak-kneed followers all killing themselves.

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  75. The Cat Who Saw You Naked Posted on June 20, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    As far as I know, they don't accept any non Christian religions either. I think Scouting should be for all who want to further themselves and contribute to the community. It is a very good, positive, wholesome experience. If Boy Scouts cannot accept non Christians due to their founder's wishes, there needs to be an alternative to Boy Scouts.

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  76. Cameron Brown Posted on June 29, 2016 at 4:29 am

    churches use schools. I used to go to one that did service in an elementary school gym. And I'm pretty sure churches have the right to not allow atheist clergy.

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  77. Alex Moran Posted on July 7, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    no this is not true there's a atheist in my troop all he does when we do anything that's religious he just doesn't participate any tells us he still have fun camping with us .

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  78. Eva Woods Posted on July 27, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    i love the boy scouts of america but we shoudnt let gays in its immoral and it will lead to more boys dropping out so our scout troop dont believe in having gay scouts

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  79. Eva Woods Posted on July 27, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    well u just offended me by making this video u have no right to tell us what we can and cannot do u are judging us by what we do and that against the bible so sir shut up about us keep ur comments to ur self

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  80. acbrien 64 Posted on August 3, 2016 at 3:30 am

    My friend and I are both atheists in the same BSA Troop. The amount of religion in it is disgusting. I'm not a very open Atheist, because I might be discriminated against, but my friend is. Our Troop leader just said to (I'm simplifying this) to replace "god" with "being a good person"

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  81. Nick Alexander Posted on August 17, 2016 at 1:46 am

    I think you bookshelves are crooked.

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  82. Weekly bird shit Posted on September 5, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    I was going to join the scouts in England but I am atheist and you have to take a pledge to God and I will not pledge to a fictional character

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  83. Caleb M Posted on September 26, 2016 at 1:02 am

    So u r saying that all religious organizations are bad because they don't allow atheists?

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  84. Lisa Ann Brown Posted on October 9, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    I'm an atheist, and just signed my non-religious son up for Cub Scouts. I made my "non-religious" status clear to our group's leader as well as higher up leadership, and was told it wouldn't be an issue. So far, there are no problems… religion has been confined to a mention of God in the scout pledge and a prayer before dinner while camping.

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  85. William Fonteyn Posted on November 7, 2016 at 2:09 am

    I haven't told my scout leader yet

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  86. Michael Banionis Posted on January 1, 2017 at 1:19 am

    Does all Homophobia come from religion?

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  87. Owl the Commentator Posted on February 14, 2017 at 2:42 am

    They literally force me to pray when I don't believe this shit. I'm considering leaving now.

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  88. Onyxx Drako Posted on February 25, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    I am an atheist boy scout, SHIT

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  89. Ben halstead Posted on June 6, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    And that's how I got kicked out of the boy scouts

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  90. Daniel Z Posted on June 21, 2017 at 1:35 am

    That's weird, a lot of my fellow scouts are atheists.

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  91. Tj Woods Posted on September 18, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Uh hello its the scout law a scout is reverent to god and oath on my honor I will do my duty for god and my,country to keep my self physically strong and mentally awake and morally straight.atheist shouldn't be a part of this organization bc if they don't believe in god then they are breaking our laws. I know this as a Assistant scout master you people won't understand the laws any way

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  92. Christ died for Our sins Posted on December 9, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Are you gay ?

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  93. Christ died for Our sins Posted on December 9, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Why dont atheists just form thier own group of a type of boyscouts ? The' athiest scouts' or something Your not very friendly my friend just sounds like you want your way as the only way and would be forcefull about it !

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  94. SLAYY Sniper Posted on April 1, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Pls make a vid on atheist life in India cuz I live here

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  95. Samir Nilforoush Posted on May 13, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    Why don’t you just lie

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  96. S R Posted on May 15, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Start your own group atheist , You’re the ones pushing your views and other people just as much as the evangelicals. Start your own,

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  97. Caye Daws Posted on January 3, 2019 at 3:45 am

    The scouts should be publicly owned.

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  98. 1986Glory Posted on June 7, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    See atheist don't teach nothing about how to to love or love you fellow brother,I got nothing against them but disagree because they are more close minded that Christan,no one else opinion matters but there's and it proven that all science is not correct so there not right in everything but they think they are.

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  99. Staccato Silvano Posted on December 1, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    6 years ago, I became an Eagle Scout. The highest rank a Scout can achieve. It's a big accomplishment and takes a person with strong willpower and a strong back to endure the challenges that you face in scouting. My father wasn't around long enough in my life to show me how to do "outdoorsy stuff" or "be a man" as they say. So as a little kid, I begged my mom to sign me up for Cub Scouts. Right off the bat I despised it. It was unorganized, wimpy, the other kids were total spoiled brats and the "Denmother" was just some soft spoken, docile, nervous wreck of a woman who obviously didn't know anything about preparing us for Boy Scouting. One day, I watched this woman build a birdhouse and when she finished building it she couldn't pick it up because it was nailed to the table. I left that day and never cared to finish out Cub Scouts. About 4 or 5 years went by and I got an offer to join a local Boy Scout troop from my friend. His family was planning on volunteering most of their time to the local troop in my town that was starting to slow down and trickle out due to the lack of kids that show interest in outdoorsy Scout stuff.
    I decided too give it a go and immediately loved it. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. Over the next 7 years, I learned many things that prepared me for not just surviving out in the wilderness but for everything in life. It left me with a broad set of skills and a certain mindset that I think young men and young women could use to help not only our country, but our planet thrive immensely.
    To this day I practice 10 points of The Scout Law.
    A Scout is; trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, cheerful, thrifty, brave and clean.
    However, there are 12 points of the Scout Law and I always have and always will leave out the 7th and 12th points of the law, "obedient" and "reverent". It's clearly demanding Christian obedience and in my opinion, being a Christian should have nothing to do with Scouting, period.
    From the very beginning, this was the only problem I ever saw with the BSA and it needs to be fixed NOW if they want to ever grow to be a well respected organization ever again.
    This organization is not worth throwing in the trash though, despite it's ways not yet being changed, I firmly believe there is hope for this organization to still grow into something amazing.
    I told my Scout Master I was an Atheist before even joining the troop and you know what he did? He shook my hand and welcomed me to be a part of it regardless of what the Scout Law said. (Looking back, he was definitely sticking his neck out for me and probably could have lost his position if any of the people working for the headquarters knew about my Atheism) If it wasn't for him, I would have never achieved Eagle Scout rank because I probably wouldn't have even been granted the opportunity if the troop was being supervised by some Pastor who only cares about what his bible says. I probably wouldn't even have set foot in that building in the first place if it wasn't for my Scout Master being one of the most tolerant and open minded people I know. With that being said, I'm more than happy to sign the petition you can find at the Secular Coalition For America website as an advocate for Secular Scouting.
        -FED UP ATHEIST EAGLE SCOUT

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