Scouts in the UK no longer have to pledge to do their duty to god.

Once again, in the race for an equal and reasonable society, the United States has been lapped.

fter more than a century, members will no longer have to promise – on their honour – to do their duty to God when they make their pledge to the movement. They will, however, still be required to promise to uphold Scout values, observe its law, do their duty to the Queen and help others.

The introduction of the atheist-friendly pledge comes after the Scout Association, which has almost 537,000 members in the UK, spent 10 months pondering how best to welcome non-believers.

“Throughout its 106-year history, the movement has continued to evolve and today marks an important step in that journey,” said Wayne Bulpitt, UK chief commissioner for the Scouts. “It also signifies the determination to become truly inclusive and relevant to all sections of society that it serves.”

Hells to the yeah.  Hooray for a group that focuses on nature and good character including everybody who values those things.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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