You want drama?
Here’s some drama.
American Atheists’ Manager of Office Improvement Projects Arthur Brenner posted a long comment about why (according to him) Ellen Johnson was fired from her position as President of AA. In doing so, he displayed a lot of animosity toward the AA Board of Directors.
You can read his post here. I’m not re-pasting it.
It should be noted, though, that this comes from one staff member who disagrees with the decision and who has had contact with a presumably upset Ellen.
It doesn’t tell us (except via second-hand accounts) why the AA Board of Directors made their decision. Is it accurate? I don’t know. I wasn’t there.
More enlightening, perhaps, was this response from AA Communications Director Dave Silverman.Then came Arthur’s rebuttal.
Finally, Bart Meltzer (director of state and regional operations for American Atheists) put it all in perspective:
The pieces of what happened with Ellen are now coming together. I’m not sure whether it was the best decision or not, but it sounds like an inevitable decision that had to be made for AA to progress as an organization.
I’m curious as to what steps the staff and Board will now be taking to “rejuvenate” the once-and-(maybe)-future powerhouse.