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