Boy Scouts keep trying to convert me
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07-01-2013, 01:48 AM
RE: Boy Scouts keep trying to convert me
What, only the bible? They didn't give your their Book of Mormon, too?

No, the Mormon church doesn't own the BSA, but they sponsor and pay for a big chunk of it and their leadership is instrumental in adapting BSA rules and bylaws to meet Mormon standards. Which is odd since there's still a lot of taxpayer dollars going to BSA which makes it a government program too. So it's a government & religious program simultaneously.

They mainly get away with that because the Mormon church doesn't actually own it, despite directly sponsoring more than 25% of all BSA troops, holding meetings in Mormon church, and funding a huge portion of the BSA's annual operating expenses.

You'll find this directly in the BSA rules:

"The Boy Scouts of America maintains that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God. In the first part of the Scout Oath or Promise the member declares, ‘On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law.’ The recognition of God as the ruling and leading power in the universe and the grateful acknowledgment of His favors and blessings are necessary to the best type of citizenship and are wholesome precepts in the education of the growing members." - "Duty to God". Archived from the original on May 9, 2008. Retrieved May 25, 2008.

So you're already screwed.

Penn & Teller did a decent episode about the BSA. i found it in its entirety on YouTube (not sure if its presence there is a violation of copyright law or not, but here it is):

"Whores perform the same function as priests, but far more thoroughly." - Robert A. Heinlein
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RE: Boy Scouts keep trying to convert me - Aseptic Skeptic - 07-01-2013 01:48 AM
RE: Boy Scouts keep trying to convert me - Egor - 07-01-2013, 03:53 AM
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