Now we know why it took Americans United for Separation of Church and State several months to write their letter to Joseph P. Gill, Maryland's Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources: It was written by AU's senior attorneys like a court brief, heavy with citations of judicial decisions. I count over 15 citations in a two page letter. The quote below contain the highlights of their clear and unequivocal November 25 letter.
"The Department cannot operate a program that restricts access to participants who are not religious or who deny the existence of God.... Likewise, the Department cannot legally enforce policies that would violate citizens rights to equal protection of the law.... For these reasons the Department must terminate its Charter Agreement with Boy Scouts of America and stop operating Venture Crew 202."
We are now waiting for a response from the DNR. It is our commitment to the Establishment Clause and equal protection of the law that makes it happen. Please go to the Secular Coalition for Maryland lobbying action page and send an email to the DNR. If you are a resident of Maryland then send a second email to the Joint Committee on Fair Practices and State Personnel Oversight to reinforce this message. Or send them a letter and call them also.