Atheist Scout given a week to declare belief
PORT ORCHARD, Washington (AP) -- Eagle Scout Darrell Lambert has earned 37 merit badges, worked more than 1,000 hours of community service and helps lead a Boy Scout troop in his hometown.
But the 19-year-old has another distinction that may lead to his removal from the Boy Scouts: He's an atheist.
On membership applications, Boy Scouts and adult leaders must say they recognize some higher power, not necessarily religious. "Mother Nature would be acceptable," Farmer said.
As a private organization, the Boy Scouts are permitted to exclude certain people from membership. The organization bans gays and atheists.
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I was in Isaeli boy scouts for four years. I never heard of such a discriminatory policy in Israel youth organizations (or any other non religious organization for that matter.)
Moreover, the article states that American private organizations are allowed to declare and enforce a discriminatory policy. In Israel, such a policy is illegal by law and owners and leaders of such an organization are exposed to criminal and civil charges.
... and remember, Israel does not have a constitution...