Action Alert

Take action to stop N.C. tax dollars from funding religion

Please tell North Carolina lawmakers not to give a religious ministry a quarter million in taxpayer dollars!

Earlier this week, North Carolina legislators released their proposed budget for the next year, which they will vote on this week. Please reach out to your lawmakers and ask them to remove an unconstitutional $250,000 allocation to a religious ministry, Cross Trail Outfitters.

On pages 72–73 of the budget, Section 11A.14.(e1) states that $250,000 of taxpayer dollars will be given to Cross Trail Outfitters “for purposes of promoting wellness and physical activity for youth seven to 20 years of age.” The problem is, Cross Trail Outfitters is a Christian ministry that seeks to “guid[e] the next generation to Christ through the outdoors.”

This large, discretionary award to a religious ministry is unconstitutional. Please contact your state legislators and ask them to insist that the award to Cross Trail Outfitters be removed from the annual budget. Use this link to find and contact your state lawmakers.

TALKING POINTS

Feel free to use and customize the message below, or copy and paste it into an email to your legislators.

As one of your constituents and a North Carolina taxpayer, I am writing to ask that you take any appropriate steps to remove an unconstitutional appropriation in the proposed budget. On pages 72–73 of the budget, Section 11A.14.(e1) states that $250,000 of taxpayer dollars will be given to a Christian ministry, Cross Trail Outfitters.

This quarter of a million dollars of taxpayer funds would go directly toward Cross Trail Outfitters’ proselytizing mission, which is to “guid[e] the next generation to Christ through the outdoors.” This is not a permissible use of taxpayer funds. Please ensure that Section 11A.14.(e1) is removed from the proposed budget so that taxpayers like me will not be forced to finance a religious ministry. Thank you.

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