Re: Atheist Scouts
Mayhew R SSgt 612AIS/INAA (mayhewr@HQ12AF3.DM.AF.MIL)
Sun, 2 Nov 1997 09:04:00 -0700
It is obvious that the Justices of the California Supreme Court were
Thanks, Rick, for posting the article.
Bob Mayhew, Jr.
Catalina Council / Papago Lodge #494
From: Rick Fraser
To: Multiple recipients of list SCOUTS-L
Subject: Atheist Scouts
Date: Saturday, November 01, 1997 11:13PM
For all those that haven't heard yet,
The Orange County Register Printed October 31, 1997
-2 oath-rejecting Scouts can purse Eagle-
Courts: State Supreme Court rules in favor of the brothers who refuse to
acknowledge God's existence.
By Jeff Kramer
Orange County Register
Two Anaheim brothers who refuse to acknowledge the existence of God
be blocked from pursing their Eagle Scout badges, the state Supreme
The Orange County Council of the Boy Scouts had asked the court to delay
Michael and William Randalls's Eagle Scout applications until the court
decides whether the organization can bar atheists.
The justices unanimously decided otherwise, declining to modify a
1991 order that prevented the organization from penalizing the twin
on the basis of their religious beliefs.
"No kidding? All right!" said James Randall, the twins' father, upon
told of the news by a reporter. "They don't even know this yet. They're
going to be thrilled."
The council originally sought in 1991 to exclude the twins, then 9, from
Cub Scout pack in Anaheim Hills because they refuse to take the Scout
requiring members to do their "Duty to God."
The Oath has been part of Scouting since 1910.
The state's high court agreed in 1994 to review the case but has not
scheduled oral arguments.
Devon Dougherty, spokesman for the Scout council, said he remained
optimistic that the organization would prevail in the long run.
"We're obviously disappointed (in the ruling)," he said. "We hoped they
would grant this modification but we still have the original case. It's
Anticipating a favorable ruling, the twins, now 16, have completed their
Eagle projects-- painting and landscaping improvements to Hewes Middle
School in Tustin.
James Randall said the boys are expected to have their Eagle badges
90 days, after standard reviews at the regional and national levels.
"In this case, I'm sure they're going to try to delay it as long as they
can, but they'd better not because I'll come after them this time."
END of Article
There is a window of opportunity in a Scout, usually a Cub Scout, where
are vulnerable to the understanding of their God. They learn to
the differences in right and wrong and devise ways of understanding what
they are taught. This window has got to be seized. If we miss it, I
it is very difficult to do their "Duty to God" as they mature.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City