Scouts furore

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 January, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 January, 1998, 12:00am

If one applies to become a member of an organisation one must be prepared to accept its governing rules and objectives.

After all, the rules and objectives define the purpose of the organisation's existence and make the prospect of membership attractive to you in the first place.

If the rules are not to your liking, you have the option of forgetting all about it.

With this principle in mind, how can any court entertain charges against the Boy Scouts of America for discriminating against two atheists who do not want to acknowledge the existence of God (South China Morning Post, January 7).

Everyone knows acceptance of this principle is fundamental to the Scouts' constitution.

The two 'smirking oiks' should show true commitment by investing their time and money in the introduction of an alternative scouts organisation for non-believers and stop wasting valuable legal resources.

As for an 11-year-old girl's charge of discrimination against the same organisation because of her gender . . . to comment at all would do a disservice to these columns.

M. R. HILLERY Tuen Mun