Honest Scout

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Date: Fri 01 Nov 2002 - 04:36:18 GMT

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    PORT ORCHARD, WASH. - Eagle Scout Darrell Lambert has earned 37 merit badges, worked more than 1,000 hours of community service and helps a Boy Scout troop in his hometown.

    The 19-year-old has another distinction that might lead to his removal from the Boy Scouts. He's an atheist.

    Last week, Lambert was given roughly a week by the Boy Scouts' regional executive to declare belief in a supreme being and comply with Boy Scout policy, or quit the Scouts.

    "We've asked him to search his heart, to confer with family members, to give this great thought." Brad Farmer, the Scout executive of the Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts, told The Sun of Bremerton.

    Lambert, who has been a Scout since he was 9, said he won't profess a belief he doesn't feel, saying it amounts to a lie. "I wouldn't be a good Scout then, would I?"

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