Free Expression in Crisis

In support of Tom Flynn’s call that "It’s Time to Stand Up for Free Expression" (FI, December 2012/January 2013), I propose the creation of a Free Expression Merit Badge to be awarded by the Council for Secu lar Humanism or by Free Inquiry. As you know, the Boy Scouts of America do not accept members who speak freely about their nonbelief in God. You may not know that there already exist many merit badges awarded by outside religious entities and allowed to be worn by Scouts (see the Scouts’ website.)

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