Re: Duty to God (was Atheist Scouts)
Calvin H. Gray (405geezer@IGG-TX.NET)
Mon, 3 Nov 1997 12:09:52 -0600
Although it has been interesting to read this thread, I believe an
understanding of the history of the conflict between the Randall twins
and the BSA is important.
If I remember correctly, these boys were refused admission to the Cub
Scout program several years ago because they are atheists. Their father
initiated legal action which resulted in the California courts ordering
the BSA to grant admission. Since then, the California courts have
allowed them to become Boy Scouts (although they *do not* subscribe to
the Scout Oath) and to progress in the program to where they are close
to acheiveing the Eagle Award.
It will be interesting to see what happens next. Will National grant
the Eagle Award? Well, I for one, hope not because these two young men
have not fulfilled the requirements to be Eagle Scouts as they have
never subscribed to the "Duty to God" portion of the Scout Oath. My
guess is that we'll see this case before the United States Supreme Court
in a year or two.
Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
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