How many atheist/agnostics have the boy scouts booted for being atheist/agnostic?
- MiaLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
I don't know if there is any complete record on this. I know of two cases. Darell Lambert for one who was in the Scouts from the age of nine and kicked out as an Eagle Scout for being honest he had concluded he wasn't a believer. Twins William and Michael Randall were ousted when they wished to refrain from the god references in oaths. The Boy Scouts in the UK just recently decided to change this policy to allow atheists and agnostics. The U.S. still doesn't.
While private clubs can set their own membership criteria they can't at the same time get programs funded with tax money, use public buildings for meetings, and get government endorsement and support if they discriminate in such ways as the Scouts. The Scouts do receive government support. If they wish to discriminate they should not receive these.
Some of the support the BSA receives from the government are:
The US Code authorizes the Secretary of Defense to lend supplies and equipment and transportation for Boy Scout events.
All branches of the military issue a promotion (to E2 or E3) for
Eagle Scouts, the highest Boy Scout rank. This constitutes
discrimination in hiring by the military as well as government approval
of the Boy Scouts' discriminatory policies.
Equal Opportunity regulations in the military explicitly prohibit
support of organizations that discriminate. Yet there is a close
collaboration between the military and the Scouts. Department of Defense Instruction 1015.9
directs the Secretary of the Army to the Executive Agent for all
components of the DoD to promote scouting among military families as
directed by the President.
The U.S. President traditionally serves as the honorary President of
the Boy Scouts of America, a tradition which President Obama has
In early 2005, Congress passed a resolution expressing a sense of
the Congress that the Department of Defense should support BSA
activities through the use of military personnel, federal land use, and
other assistance for their massive Jamborees. The 2005 Jamboree cost
taxpayers approximately $8 million.
In 2008, Congress voted to pass the "Boy Scouts of America
Centennial Commemorative Coin Act" (H.R. 5872). The bill mandated that
the U.S. Mint create and sell as many as 350,000 one dollar coins
commemorating the Scouts' centennial in the year 2010. A ten dollar
surcharge on each coin goes directly to the Boy Scouts of America, who
will net as much as $3.5 million in the deal.
"The Boy Scouts enjoy special privileges from the Department of
Defense, including funding, facilities, organization, advertising, and
incentives in hiring for their Eagle Scouts," said Jason Torpy,
President of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers. "
The BSA should reject public promotions if they wish to operate as a
private organization. If they wish to be quasi-government youth
development agency, then the federal government should require they
abandon discrimination based on belief and sexual orientation."
- PaulLv 77 years ago
Nobody knows for sure...but a lot.
- JamesHLv 67 years ago
No idea. But as a *private* organization, they certainly have the right to set their own membership standards.