FFRF Runs Ad in New York Times Opposing Atheist Discrimination by Boy Scouts of America

In yesterday’s New York Times, the Freedom From Religion Foundation ran a quarter-page ad opposing the exclusion of atheists by the Boy Scouts of America:

No one can grow into the best kind of citizen who discriminates against the nonreligious. It’s what you do — not what you believe — that makes you a good person and a good citizen. BSA’s vaunted “duty to God” has led it to cruelly place dogma over its duty to children.

The intellectual rejection of claims for which there is no evidence is not only respectable, but vital to progress. What should not be respectable is treating any American, whether young or old, as a second-class citizen.

FFRF placed full-page ads encouraging readers to leave the Catholic Church last year, celebrating “Reason’s Greetings” in 2011, opposing the National Day of Prayer in 2010, and imagining a world without religion in 2008.

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Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.