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I SEE that another young lad has been barred from the Scouts for expressing a disbelief in god (I use a small ‘‘g’’ as it seems that a belief in any god will do).
The lad, 11-year-old George Pratt, from Somerset, would have been OK if he had believed in a Muslim, Hindu or any other god, and has even been encouraged to lie about his lack of belief.
Surely the boy should be commended for his honesty?
I can see the argument that the founder of the Scouts wanted it to be a Christian organisation (albeit with rather sinister imperialist roots), but it seems that it opened its doors to other faiths to comply with religious discrimination requirements, but is happy to discriminate against the non-religious.
I shall think twice about supporting them in future when they come knocking on my door unless they review their policies.
Martin Henderson, Copmanthorpe, York.