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RE: [FSGP] New Meetup: BSA Protest Action

From: Colin A.
Sent on: Thursday, January 21, 2010 11:04 AM
The boyscout are a private organization....don't they have the right to let anyone into their club they want?

I'm in no way supporting discrimination of any kind...but I do support the freedoms of private organizations in this country.

From: [address removed]
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [FSGP] New Meetup: BSA Protest Action
Date: Fri, 15 Jan[masked]:34:08 -0500

Dear members of this list,
I write to ask your support in protesting the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) bigoted membership policy by attending the candlelight vigil scheduled for Saturday, February 6, 2010.
This event is schedule to coincide with vigils being held across the country. This event is endorsed by Scouting For All. Please see the Scouting For All website to find out why protesting at the Philadelphia BSA office is important:
Nineteen years ago, my complaint against BSA was brought to the attention of the local media and the publicity for that case brought many freethinkers together. It was from those contacts that the Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia started. While nontheists are still banned from BSA, we can object to the prejudice. We can object to BSA having free use of the building on Winter and 22nd Streets as they boldly violate Philadelphia anti-discrimination statutes.
We can acknowledge that while discrimination against nontheists is a vile and unethical policy, the consequences of prejudices against the gay community is a situation of highest concern. There are many recorded suicides in the gay community that are a direct result of being discriminated against. The horrendous results of BSA prejudices goes even further. Few people know that Matthew Shepard was killed by an Eagle Scout. See:
Please also see:
It is surprising to learn that some people involved in the nontheist community have not heard about BSA's discriminatory membership policy. It appears that this issue must continue to be exposed and written about least we forget that BSA is not an organization of honor. It is now, instead, a private organization determined to separate themselves from atheists and gays -- all the while getting public assistance, gratuities, free use of buildings, access to public schools and city officials turning a blind eye to violations of anti-discrimination laws.
You can learn more by attending the February event listed below:
BSA Protest Action

Saturday, February 6,[masked]:30 PM

Cradle of Liberty Council BSA HQ
2130 Winter Street
Philadelphia, PA

Candlelight Vigil to protest discrimination on the Boy Scouts of America's 100th Anniversary

Protest Against Discrimination

Start Time:
Saturday, February 6 at 5:30 pm

End Time:
Saturday, February 6 at 9:30 pm

Cradle of Liberty Council BSA Headquarters at 2130 Winter Street, Philadelphia, PA[masked]

Eagle Scouts are encourage to turn in their badges in protest. People harmed by the discriminatory policies are welcome to speak.

For detailed information, please visit one of the below links: and

This event will coincide with a similar California event:

Margaret Downey
Founder and President
The Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia
Phone: (610)[masked] 
Fax:     (610)[masked]
Cell:     (610)[masked]  
Email:  [address removed]

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