10. Join the campaign to pressure Boy Scouts of America
Even while bending on admittance of LGBTQ children and allowing girls to join Boy Scouts of America, the organization hasn’t reformed its official policy to accept nonreligious children. Its Declaration of Religious Principle continues to state: “The Boy Scouts of America maintains that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God.” Historically, it has expelled or refused admittance to nonreligious boys, while relying on public handouts and support. In 2000, the Boy Scouts won a lawsuit before the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled it a private group that is free to discriminate. The case in question involved gays (and the group has since changed much of its discriminatory policy there), but the ruling leaves nonreligious Boy Scouts with little chance of legal redress.
Local troops in the past have traditionally met for free at public schools and relied on public school teachers to recruit. If this is happening in your area, you can help combat Boy Scouts bigotry by contacting your local school board and neighborhood schools, asking them to stop supporting or giving preferential aid to an openly discriminatory group. You can also contact your local United Way, which is not supposed to fund groups discriminating on the basis of religion. If they grant Scout troops financial assistance, ask them to stop. If you have been a regular United Way contributor, be sure to let it know.
You may wish to complain to the Boy Scouts of America directly:
Roger C. Mosby
President and CEO
Boy Scouts of America
1325 Walnut Hill Lane
Irving TX 75015
For more information, see Boy Scouts of America Practices Discrimination.