The Scout Association has demolished an outdoor chapel at one of its centres in Essex. The chapel, which had stood for nearly seventy years, was replaced with a campfire.
The reason given for this is that the sight of the cross might cause offence to non-Christian scouts. I wonder if there was any one religious group who the Scout Association might have been particularly worried about offending? Answers on a postcard, please.
I would also point out that the Scout Promise, which all new scouts swear, includes the line "to do my duty to God and to the Queen". If a boy has sworn to do his duty to God, is he really going to be traumatised by the sight of a cross? Or will new scouts in future have the option of swearing to Allah, or Vishnu, or Richard Dawkins, if they so wish?
In any case, the transcendent idiocy of suggesting that a group that has amassed millions of members in countries across the globe is somehow bigoted or exclusivist shines forth from this decision, as it has from so many other such decisions made by petty PC jobsworths over recent years. Does there yet remain even one societal institution which has not been infected with anti-British, anti-Christian, PC hysteria? Because I'm struggling to think of one!