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Originally posted by thelibra
What was the other organization besides Boy Scouts?
They now go by "Venture Scouts", and include both men and women, and presumably could thus care less about sexual preference.
I spent nearly 20,000 characters worth of time and effort to explain that the Scouts does not in fact think homosexuality and atheism is "wrong".
No, it's not. God and Country get mentioned a lot, but it's not what BSA is about. It's about communication, survival, training, and learning to be basically a reliable person in time of need.
Have you ever been a scout, Nygdan? I'm guessing either the answer is "No", or that you were in a truly awful troop.
but those are on the individual troop level, and not the organization as a whole. It's a frickin' international organization, for crying out loud.
Originally posted by WolfofWar
I'm paying a discriminatory organizaton against my will.
I'm paying a discriminatory organizaton against my will
I see you
but it doesn't stop the fact that I can't be a den leader and have my son participate, which under the circumstances I don't want him to.
I always thought it was for the children not for the point.
I don't think that children need to be taught that you must believe in god to be a good person.
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