Can you be good without God? Boy Scouts face the question

By Katherine Burgess

In 2013, the Boy Scouts of America rescinded its ban on gay members. Two years later, it voted to allow gay adults in leadership.

By 2017, the scouts announced that transgender boys would be allowed to join. And in October, the scouts announced that girls can become members.

The one group still excluded by the Boy Scouts? People who don’t believe in God.

“That was a cornerstone to growing developmentally as youth do, that they need to have a belief in a higher power,” said Brian Nastase, scout executive for the area Quivira Council. “And a belief in God means we are open to all faiths. We have Jewish scouts, we have Muslim scouts, Christian scouts, Buddhist scouts. It’s probably the most diverse organization in the city of Wichita, maybe even the country.”

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