How You Can Help- Recent Discrimination Grievance:
Help Restore Separation of Church and State at UCSB
By David G. McAfee
Recently, I told you all about an incident in which an official at a public university denied my admission to Graduate School because she considered me “an atheist activist with an axe to grind“. My basing her decision not on the merits of my work (she hadn’t read my work), but on my religious preferences (or lack thereof), she violated the Constitutional Law of Separation of Church and State. I have sent this article to various watchdog groups (including FFRF and Americans United for Separation of Church and State) and am awaiting a reply. I have also sent the story to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at UCSB in order to file a formal discrimination grievance against Ann Taves and the Religious Studies Department. Many of you have written to me in order to ask what you can do in order to help restore separation of Church and State by protesting the matter through a civil suit or other channels within the UC System. Well, here I’ll outline exactly what you can do to help.
If you wish to contact somebody with the power to rule in my favor in the formal discrimination grievance, please send your letters to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at UCSB :
ATTN: Dr. Michael D. Young
5203 Cheadle Hall Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2036
You can also reach him by:
Telephone: (805) 893-3651
If you would like to help financially, in order to assist with the lawyer fees that will inevitably arise from a case involving separation of Church and State, we will be accepting small donations sent by USPS only to the following address:
David G. McAfee
PO BOX 153, Goleta, CA 93116
Spread the Word
Finally, if you would like to help the cause by doing nothing more than e-mailing othar posting to Facebook/Twitter, I hope you can forward the original article (https://davidgmcafee.wordpress.com/2011/04/19/an-atheist-activist-with-an-axe-to-grind) to as many people as possible. If you happen to know lawyers, media personalities, or high-profile secularists, then please feel free to share with them as well. The more support we have behind this cause, the more likely we are to actually get something done and fix a broken system.
Finally, I’d like to thank all of you for your support and I hope we can make this a winning fight against religious intolerance and discrimination in our government-funded public universities.
David G. McAfee