by Johnny Monsarrat
Margaret Downey of SPI coalition member The Freethought Society has been campaigning against the Boy Scouts. The organization does not permit boys to join unless they have a religion, and so the Boy Scouts are sort of a religious organization, which means they have no business recruiting in a public school. (Just imagine by extension if Jehovah’s Witnesses were allowed to gather outside schools talking with students waiting for their bus.)
Margaret has sent us some more information about her campaign and the response!
- Boy Scouts of America Announce New Levels of
Acceptance but Still Exclude Nontheists: September 2015
- The People in the Outfits, by Amber Barnhill
- Octorara School Board and Residents Defend BSA Public School Assemblies: July 2015
- Boy Scout Assemblies in Public Schools Protested: November 2014
- School District Under Fire for Hosting Scouts Assembly: December 2014
- Protesting BSA Assemblies in Public Schools: March 2015
- Open letter the Brevard County School Board, August 2009
- DonÔÇÖt let BSA recruit in your local public school! September 2010
Can you help? Even if you don’t live in Pennsylvania, Margaret is sure to find a way to put your energy to good use. See the Freethought Society website and contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or (610) 793-2737.
We’ve also learned that in the United Kingdom that the National Secular Society (NSS) and the British Humanist Association have campaigned against the Boy Scouts with its mandatory religious oath, and the UK Boy Scouts agreed to make the oath optional.