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The Scout Association and Girlguiding UK have announced that they are to consult on extending membership to non-religious people, atheists and agnostics.
Campaigners have welcomed a decision by the international Scouting body to question the Ugandan wing of their movement about the Anti-Homosexuality Bill proposed by the country’s chief Scout.
The World Organisation of the Scout Movement is under pressure to denounce the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill, given that the Bill’s proposer, David Bahati, is Chief of the Scout Board of Uganda.
The instinct to defend oath-taking and swearing runs deep within many religious people.
Two leading organisations speaking for the concerns of non-religious people in the UK have challenged a major youth organisation over its exclusion of non-believers, in spite of its repeated claims to be open and inclusive.