In contrast to the Boy Scouts of America, the British Scouting Association is welcoming non-believing kids and offering them an alternative pledge that does not require that they promise to do their “duty to God.” I’m sure that will make the wingnuts’ heads explode.
A new “atheist” version of the Scout Promise with no mention of God or faith is to be introduced by the British branch of the organization for children who say they are not religious.
For the first time in its 106-year-history, Britain’s Scouting Association will offer a non-religious alternative to the Scout promise aimed at members and potential members who are “without a faith.”Generations of young people have pledged: “On my honor, I promise that I will do my best, to do my duty to God and to the Queen, to help other people and to keep the Scout Law”.
A new optional wording would see the first part of the promise tweaked to read: “I promise that I will do my best to uphold our Scout values.”
Of course, a much larger percentage of Brits than Americans are atheists, making this virtually inevitable. As long as atheists remain a small and mostly despised minority, it isn’t likely to happen here.