Eagle Scout who supports your mission

Dear Military Religious Freedom Foundation Staff,

I am a U.S. Army veteran (of the Military Intelligence branch) who lives in [location withheld].

My family and I have been quietly supportive of your mission for several years but, a year ago, while on vacation in Colorado Springs, I became a vocal supporter after visiting the Air Force Academy.  While there, staff assumed I was “one of them” and gave me the right-wing Judeo-Christian spiel when all I wanted to do was show my family the Academy Chapel.  When I asked the staff what they thought of your organization, the invectives flowed.  I responded that I wholeheartedly supported what Mikey and the rest of you were doing and that I did not appreciate my tax dollars being used for religious indoctrination.

Fast-forward to today . . .

The reason that I write today is that I am now the father of a new Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts.  His name is (name withheld).

Like his father (and unlike many in today’s military and also unlike many in the Boy Scouts), [he] is dedicated to Universal Human Rights. Although he belongs to a troop at one of the local Roman Catholic churches, for his Religious Emblem award, he sought out the local Bahai community and studied under them. (In so doing, it is believed that he is the first in the state to have earned the Bahai’s “Unity of Mankind” Religious Emblem in Boy Scouts.)

For his Eagle Scout Service Project, [he] “led multiple teams to create and publish an activity book for the volunteer services of Children’s Mercy hospitals. These teams developed comic strips, stories and games, performed the computer layouts, printed and bound the booklets, then delivered them to the main hospital for distribution.”

My request is as follows: Because I value your voice in the national and international dialogue of justice, I would be honored if Mikey (or another one of you) would see fit to write a Congratulatory Letter to [my son] on his having achieved his Eagle Scout rank. Although his Eagle rank was effective [date withheld], 2012, [he] will have his Court of Honor on [date withheld], 2012 at [location withheld]. If you are able to write such a letter we would appreciate receiving it before September.

Attached is a copy of his card confirming his rank. [withheld]
Please let me know if you have any questions.

(name, address withheld)

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