apparently, according to a boy scout troop in louisiana, a boy scout can't do his requisite duty to God and country if he's Wiccan. he was in a troop sponsored by a methodist church...when they all said what faith they were, as part of earning their "God and country" badge, he admitted he was Wiccan. apparently, their scoutmaster even told the brothers that if they lied about their faith, they could have been able to stay in the troop.
i get annoyed enough when they claim that you can't do the duty of a boy scout if you are an atheist. that's ridiculous enough. but, you can't do it if you're a polytheist, either?
they say it's not a national rule, but rather a rule that each troop is free to enforce. but, if that's the cloak that the national is hiding behind, instead of doing something about it...i think it's reprehensible.
i'm starng to sound like i'm talking about states' rights, and my utter disdain for the concept as dinosauric, and a poor way to protect people's rights. the way i see it, it's a lot easier for rights to be granted by the central governing body, be it of the nation or of an organization, than for them to be taken away by such a body. smaller bodies can more readily grant and revoke such rights at will. a centralized bureaucracy--that is willing to stand up to states that try to curtail rights, either through legislation or judicial opinions--will better foster an expanding field of more extensive personal rights that apply to larger segments of the population. it sounds harsh, but that's how it works, as a practical matter.
if the central governing body lets a state encroach upon a right that has not been blocked centrally, the central government is just as culpable as the state, in allowing it to happen.
i can't call this boy scout action illegal, or legally alterable, since it is a private organization and not the government, but still...if they allow the local troop to do something like this, and doesn't stop them or at least discourage this blatant discrimination, then the national chapter is just as culpable as this state chapter is, for allowing it.
not that i had the greatest deal of respect for the boy scouts anyway, after the dale incident, but boy scouts seems to be establishing itself as a reliable bastion of discrimination.