The Scout Oath

My secretary's son, of the Boy Scouts of America, is soon to be inducted as Eagle Scout. My wife and I are impressed with him, it's quite a feat. What caught my attention, however, was the Scout Oath on the back of the notice. Given how much litigation and recrimination it has caused, I was surprised how simple and straightforward it is:

On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
And to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

The notion that the Founding Fathers would have found such an oath -- especially as espoused by a private organization -- to be an afront to the U.S. Constitution is simply silly.


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