• Petitioned The Scout Association UK

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The Scout Association UK

Allow secular scouts to make an affirmation instead of a religious oath.

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      S McAlistair

      United Kingdom

Scouting is a much admired and imitated institution in the life of the UK. However, British society had changed greatly since Baden-Powell's day. Today we have children of many faiths wishing to become scouts, and some with no faith. While the movement has adapted to make scouting accessible for children of a non-Christian faith, the requirement to swear an oath to do a duty to God is a barrier to children from a secular background, The removal of this requirement is long overdue, and is the only way in which the Scouting Association can make scouting truly open, inclusive and accessible to all. Not to do so would be discriminatory and exclusive and would undermine the aim avowed in their motto "Scouting for all".

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    • Jane John LLANELLI, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      Requiring children to wear an oath to do a duty to God if they do not believe in God is unacceptable in our modern society. To do so directly contradicts the scout association's own equal opportunities policy of not discriminating on the basis of political or religious belief (ie by discriminating on the basis of absence of religious belief).

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    • Philip John PONTYBEREM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      I have children in scouts and do not want them to be bullied into making and oath to God.

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    • Simon Piercy SOUTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      When I was a scout, I had to lie when saying I would do my duty to god. I did not believe in god and resented being told to say I would do my duty to what I considered to be a fictional character.

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    • Ben Godson SALISBURY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      There should not be discrimination between theists and atheists

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    • James Williams BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      I don't believe young people should be discriminated against on the basis of religion or lack there of.

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