Scouts and discrimination

Another UK newspaper article about the Scouts today, with yet more nonsense hiding the nature of this discriminatory organisation.

Various of the great and good in scouting say, as quoted by The Guardian:

“…scouting is continuing to move with the times and adapt to the growing number of people from different communities who are choosing to be a part of the movement. Scouting has something to offer everyone, no matter your religion, ethnicity or belief, and I’m so proud that we offer an environment for people of all backgrounds to come together and enjoy themselves.”

That is a lie. They do not welcome people of all backgrounds. If you are an atheist, you are not welcome and are prohibited from joining.

It’s essential to continue to make scouting accessible to all. We welcome all communities and this initiative helps to ensure that no one misses out on the numerous benefits and adventure of scouting…

That is a lie. It is not accessible to all. It does not welcome all communities.  If you are an atheist, you are not welcome and are prohibited from joining.

It doesn’t matter who you are, what you are or what colour your skin is or what faith you are.

That is a lie. It does matter who you are. You are required to “have a faith”.  If you are an atheist, you are not welcome and are prohibited from joining.

What saddens me even more than the fact such discrimination still exists is the fact that in 2012, in an apparently developed, western country, this sort of discrimination is entirely legal and, apparently, tolerated by the citizens.

That, and the hypocrisy of the people who run the Scouts… If you profess membership of a religion, any religion, they will bend over backwards to “accommodate” you. As per today’s news story, they might even be prepared to wind back several decades of female emancipation and ensure that you do not sexually excite men by showing an elbow. That’s fine. You’re “a believer” of….. something. Anything. And that’s ALL that matters.

But if you happen to not believe in a God or Gods, you are flat out not allowed to join. You are unsuitable. You are not welcome. Go away. We don’t want you.

What a very sad, somewhat unpleasant, group of people.


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