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Re: [bostonatheists] Discrimination

From: Gabriel M
Sent on: Monday, April 22, 2013 10:56 PM
That plan sounds good to me, Zach. I've never so much as attempted to write to a senator before, so here is my first attempt at getting this process started. Comments and criticism are welcome and expected.

Senator Brown,

As a proud and passionate citizen of the United States, I wanted to express my support for the position you have taken regarding the discrimination policy practiced by the Boy Scouts of America. That such a visible and civic-minded organization bars its potential members and leadership from entry based on their sexual orientation is distressing to say the least, and notably, at odds with the commitment to create more perfect union expressed in the US Constitution. I wholeheartedly applaud that you have chosen to stand up for the rights a disadvantaged group, and are willing to fight for a difficult position.

I wanted also to remind you that sexual orientation is not the only basis on which the BSA policy discriminates; aspiring leaders and potential scouts who do not profess a belief in a god or deity are also barred from entry. When you seek the support of your community, please remember that the non-theists represent a sizable and growing portion of those whom you represent, and they want to be included just as sincerely as anyone else. I urge you to consider condemning the discrimination policy as a whole, as it unjustifiably discriminates against and disadvantages both the homosexual and the non-theistic communities. In order to build on the long and cherished institution of scouting, we must be diligent to embrace even those citizens who may be unpopular or underrepresented.

Thank you once again for your work and your service. The community of atheists and secularists in the greater Boston area are proud to champion your commitment to equality and diversity in the Boy Scouts of America.

Sincerely and civilly yours,
Josiah Van Vliet
President of Boston Atheists

So that might not even be close to what more experienced people had in mind, but I hope it gets the ball rolling. Comments and corrections please!

On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 9:49 PM, Jim Hollomon <[address removed]> wrote:
Just my thoughts, but Rome wasn't built in a day. We're close to removing one major discriminatory practice of the BSA. If we withhold our support of that because our issue isn't included, when will the time come. What if we try to get religious tolerance adopted by the Scouts, and the gays whom we failed withhold their support of equality for us?

On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 8:48 PM, Zachary Bos <[address removed]> wrote:
More flies with honey than vinegar; I dig it.

Step 1: Someone drafts a letter, and posts it to the mailing list.
Step 2: We vet, edit, and approve it.
Step 3: We create a Google Form that allows the direct submission of signatures in an orderly fashion.
Step 4: Josiah puts his Josiah Hancock on it, and we zip if off via USPS.

Sound good?

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