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Scouting for All Northwestern Regional Director Corrects Bill O'Reilly of the O'Reilly Factor


November 17, 2004

On your television and radio programs yesterday, November 16, 2004, regarding the Boy Scouts of America, you expressed a subtle misunderstanding of the facts regarding the Boy Scouts of America's requirement in a belief in God. The Boy Scouts of America as a part of their Declaration of Religious Principle, requires a belief in God. Your statements regarding mother nature being acceptable or a belief in something greater than one's self, which can be defined as Spirituality, as permissible by the Boy Scouts of America is incorrect. The Declaration of Religious Principle is quoted directly below from the site http://www.bsalegal.org/dut-155.htm Declaration of Religious Principle, Bylaws of Boy Scouts of America, art.( IX, cl. 1)

The Boy Scouts of America maintains that no member can grow into the best kind of citizenship 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. No matter what the religious faith of the members may be, this fundamental need of the members should be kept before them. The Boy Scouts of America, therefore, recognizes the religious element in the training of the member, but is absolutely nonsectarian in its attitude toward that religious training. Its policy is
that the home and the organization with which the member is connected shall give definite attention to religious life." In a previous broadcast you interviewed George Davidson, the Attorney for the Boy Scouts of America, an you were surprised to learn while on the air the Boy Scouts of America does not accept the standard of Spirituality, but rather insists on a belief in God. That policy has not been altered and a belief in God is still required. The distinction between the Boy Scouts of America and as demonstrated by the World Organization Scout Movement (WOSM) is that Spirituality is acceptable internationally whereas in the Boy Scouts of America it is not. Rather a belief in God is required.

The Principle of a Duty to God of the World Organization of Scout Movement is quoted directly below from their site http://www.scout.org/wsrc/ll/docs/constitution_E.pdf
"1. The Scout Movement is based on the following principles: Duty to God
Adherence to spiritual principles, loyalty to the religion that expresses them and acceptance of the duties resulting therefrom." It would be appreciated if you made mention of this subtle but critical distinction when you are next on the air.

Robert Raketty
Seattle, Washington
nwscouting@yahoo.com



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