Atheists Can be Scouts in UK

French and British Scout from 1912

Beginning next year, atheists and agnostics will no longer have to lie to become Scouts in the United Kingdom.

In the new vow, the part in parenthesis will be optional:

“On my honour I promise that I will do my best
To uphold our Scout values, to do my duty to (God and to) the Queen,
To help other people
And to keep the Scout Law.”

Unlike the U.S., the U.K. hasn’t had a prohibition against homosexuals in Scouting. Explorers have been co-ed since 1976, and since 1991 girls have been allowed to be Beavers and Cubs.

www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/09/uk_scouting_opens_the_doors_to_unbelievers/

Photo by Agence Rol is in the public domain and is as found at commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Scouts-entente-cordiale.jpg

Thanks to Herr Bookmonger for pointing this out to us

U.S. Government Shutdown Day 10: Guess Who Still Gets Paid?

When the government funding shuts down due to a battle in Congress, guess who still gets paid?

Congress has one key duty in the Constitution — pass spending bills that fund the government. If it doesn’t, most functions of government — from funding agencies to paying out small business loans and processing passport requests — grinds to a halt. But some services, like Social Security, air traffic control and active military pay, will continue to be funded. Oh, and Congress still gets paid, too.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/30/politics/government-shutdown-up-to-speed/index.html