Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Scouting for God

It's interesting to see that the scout movement is wheeling out its PR bandwagon claiming to be all fuzzy, warm and inclusive, announcing how Muslims now have their own special uniform. In reality the scout movement still counts itself as a quasi-religious organisation and is exempted from equal opportunities rules because of that, leadership positions cannot be held by people without faith. Indeed they still insist that new members swear an oath to "God", they just don't care which one and don't seem too concerned if people lie.

A few years ago my own son showed an interest in joining the cubs and a nice lady came to our house to check us out - religion was a central theme of questioning, I did think at the time that it was a somewhat ludicrous thing to be asking a 6 year old child what religion they were I just said Church of England and left it at that (I didn't want to prejudice his chances) but the whole thing was just creepy. In the end he didn't bother so it wasn't an issue, it's a shame they seem so stuck in their superstitious ways.

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