Why can't "non-belief" be a standard? Oh, right, because non-belief is beneath belief. People who can't believe aren't the right kind of people.
Why can't the standard be behavior?
Then, maybe a good atheist kid could have stood in the place of this winner.
I have talked to very few BSA members who are anti-atheists. Meaning - they don't have anything personally against them, and do not believe they are "beneath belief". they certainly don't feel they are "not the right kind of people".... that is ridiculous stereotyping.
I understand your argument, but (and this includes all f the very emotional posts here) getting personally offended by MILLIONS of good people because they are part of a club seems odd.
Also - re homosexuality. I do not like this policy either, and am hopinjg that good people from within the BSA can help to change it. Pressure from without will not do any good. But if enough leaders are involved who support allowing homosexuals in BSA,then maybe things can change.
If I ever felt homophobia, or any sort of negative image of homosexuals was mentioned at meetings, my sons would not go. This may be a policy, but most troops and packs basically ignore it, and never bring it up.