A group of Christian Girl Guide leaders, who refused to remove references to God from their promise, have said they will use the movement’s new oath after facing pressure to accept the change from an atheist volunteer and the National Secular Society (NSS).
The leaders, from Harrogate, New Yorkshire expressed dismay that the promise to “love my God” had been removed from the Girlguiding oath, and said they would encourage their members and leaders to continue using the traditional pledge when meeting in their church groups.
But Jem Henderson (28), an atheist voluntary leader backed by the NSS, accused the group of forcing her to take the original pledge, arguing that their actions were “discriminatory” against her and “any atheist in the group already.”
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