The Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is introducing the Christian Nationalism badge which celebrates the wall that surrounds and protects the intermingling of church and state. The badge takes its place in the Religious Emblems Programs which celebrates a scout’s dedication to whatever faith his parent adheres to.
Up until now each faith had its own emblem that a scout could earn. Zoroastrianism, Islam, Judaism, Mormonism, and the multitude of Christian sects have their own Boy Scout approved symbol and curriculum booklet. It has been seen that the Religious Emblems Programs sums up one of the basic principles of the BSA: A Scout is reverent. He is reverent towards God. He is faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion.
During its latest meeting the Executive Committee realized that while each individual religion is acknowledged, there was a need to fully express the conjoined nature of politics and a Christ-centered religious life. “If you approve of the Supreme Court allowing us to keep out atheists and allowing local troops to discriminate against gays, then you are going to love the Christian Nationalism Program!” stated Nathan Bedford Forest, BSA spokesperson.
Those wishing to earn the prestigious badge must work diligently and complete the rigorous curriculum which includes, but not limited to:
- The Dominance of Faith over Reason diorama The scout will create one of the many scenes that can be found throughout history where faith dispelled reason. Suggestions include: The Salem Witch Trials, the Burning of the Library of Alexandria, and the Presidency of George W Bush.
- The True Meaning of Religious Freedom essay This writing assignment will test how well the scout understands religious freedom in a pragmatic day-to-day context. It is expected that the writer will cite real world examples from the media to illustrate when religious sentiment trumps minority rights, free speech, and human dignity.
- P.R.A.Y. (Program for Religious Authority over Youth) Applicants will be taught how to answer life’s tough questions. For example, Why does God(s) allow suffering in the world? Mysterious ways. God(s) found your car keys for you, but allowed the Rwandan Genocide? You are blessed! Your favorite team won the Super Bowl? Goddidit (i.e., Tom Brady).
Despite all the excitement with its new Christian Nationalism badge, the Executive Committee of the BSA isn’t finished with faith-based innovations. There is talk that a special Sunni-Shia Muslim badge will be introduced early next year. It is expected that the requirements will be very tough for scouts to earn that emblem of honor, but the BSA has made special deals with airlines that will fly scouts directly into Syria.