Action Alert: Stop the passage of the Boy Scouts Commemorative Coin

 

On May 21, 2008, the House of Representatives passed legislation (H.R. 5872) creating a commemorative coin for the Boy Scouts of America, an organization that explicitly discriminates against nontheists (as well as gays) in admission, employment, and even volunteer opportunities. By directing the U.S. Mint to produce commemorative coins as a fundraiser for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), the House is sending an estimated $3.5 million dollars directly to their organization.

Now, the Senate has introduced companion legislation (S. 3070) to the House bill. The Secular Coalition for America asks that you write your Senators and voice your opposition to the Boy Scouts Commemorative Coin Act as soon as possible. 

The Secular Coalition for America urges Congress to bar the use of federal funds to assist any organization that discriminates based on religion.  Allowing a commemorative coin to be created in honor of the Boy Scouts not only demonstrates that Congress agrees with the religious discrimination practices of the BSA, but moreover, wants to financially assist the organization.

The "Declaration of Religious Principle," found in BSA's organization's bylaws must be agreed to by every participant, volunteer, or employee. This declaration states that "no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God...The recognition of God as the ruling and leading power in the universe and the grateful acknowledgment of His favors and blessings are necessary to the best type of citizenship and are wholesome precepts in the education of the growing members." 

The BSA is the direct beneficiary of any money made by this commemorative coin and will use this money to further its values and continue discriminating against those without a god-belief.  It will continue to teach young boys that only god-believers can be good citizens.

Although we were unable to stop this legislation in the House, we are asking you to help us keep this legislation off the floor of the Senate by reaching out to your state Senators now. Please contact your Senators and tell them to vote against S.3070 and stop funding private organizations that discriminate on the basis of religion from benefiting from federal endorsement and government fundraising schemes. 

Take a stand!

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