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Taking God out of the Scout Promise

14 December 2012


From Mr Ron Jeffries

Sir, - The President of the National Secular Society and the Chief Executive of the British Humanist Society have both welcomed the Scout Association's consultation to see whether an alternative can be found to allow non-believers to join ("Scouts reconsider pledge of duty to God", News, 7 December).

Why is there no comment from a Christian perspective? Will the leaders of the Church of England sit back and let this happen?

Your report acknowledges that Scouting was founded with a strong Christian ethic, and has accommodated other faiths. It is - and should remain - a religious-based movement. There are plenty of similar organisations for those to join who cannot make a commitment to their God.

As a life-long member of the Scout Association and a communicant member of the Church of England, I appeal to our Bishops to take a lead nationally and locally to oppose this move.

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