I hope you’re proud of yourselves.
We’ve had a long and rocky history. On the one hand, you gave us things like the Women in Secularism conferences. On the other… let’s see, there was Ron Lindsay, and Ron Lindsay again, and Ben Radford. So let’s just say you’ve been sending mixed signals on whether you really wanted women in the movement or not.
This is utterly unacceptable. By choosing to put Richard Dawkins on your board of directors, you’ve chosen to wed your organization to a man who thinks nothing of tweeting rape jokes from anti-feminist shitstains, and harassing a child about making a clock because the poor kid’s a Muslim. You’ve basically told most of the women in atheism to fuck off and die. You’ve told minorities to piss off. You’re driving good people out of the movement. If you were aiming for an older, white, cis male movement with a few token white women and the occasional minority who won’t demand you address concerns specific to women and minorities at all, congratulations. You’ve got it.
What you don’t have is me, and people like me, who are not here to be tokens.
There’s so much I could say, but it all boils down to this: Fuck you, and your little Dawk, too.
Note: local CfI affiliates are quite often doing wonderful, necessary work. I wish them success and hope the parent organization doesn’t fuck them over.