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Letter of Protest From An Eagle Scout To The Boy Scouts of America

November 18, 2002

Boy Scouts of America
Chief Seattle Council
PO Box 440408
Seattle, WA98114-4408

Boy Scouts of America National Headquarters
Relationships Committee
PO Box 152079
Irving, TX 75015-2079

Dear Sirs,

I am writing this letter of protest to your Boy Scout Council regarding the kicking out of Darrell Lambert for being an atheist. As an Eagle Scout myself, I find it shameful that an organization that could be doing so much good for youth, is instead sending a message that discrimination and bigotry are not just allowed, but openly encouraged. I find it equally disturbing that a scout council in Seattle would lack the courage to stand up those in Texas who have taken over scouting, and are ruining its good reputation. I have always viewed Seattle and the state of Washington as a place where social justice and human rights were valued. Shame on you for being such a poor example to youth!

Discrimination is wrong, even if you have a right to do it.

Shawn Johnson, Eagle Scout Salt Lake City, UT

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