We Push Back!

Richard Dawkins was scheduled to speak at the Wyndgate Country Club in Michigan on Wed.  Two days from now.  So you can imagine that the venue was reserved a good while back.  Sadly, the operators of the club saw a clip of Richard Dawkins on the O’Reilly factor.  Turns out that the guy they had agreed to host was an atheist, which resulted in them calling up the CFI three days out from the event and telling them they were pulling out.

Maybe we should admit that it’s their private property, express our displeasure amicably, and hope that one of these days they’ll realize just how nice we are and start treating us with equality.  If that’s your bent, you get right on that.  It means you’ll be occupied and unable to get in our way while the rest of us take this issue of clear marginalization public, using it to drive the conversation, illustrate the plight of atheists, and hopefully set a precedent for future would-be bigots by making the operators of the Wyndgate Country Club sweat and sting a little bit for it.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • DrB

    I’ve protested a church before, seems like protesting a country club is in the same area.

  • Aliasalpha

    A venue withdrawing support 3 days before a scheduled event is surely a breach of contract, could the CFI not simply sue them?

  • NotAProphet

    I thought there were laws over there against discriminating against people based on their beliefs, colour, gender, sexuality etc.?

    “Would all the atheists please move to the back of the bus”

  • penn

    What they did may very well constitute a breach of contract, and almost definitely is a violation of federal and/or state civil rights laws. It’d be great if the Wyndgate was forced to make a hefty donation to the CfI and hold the event.

  • Martin

    Sue the buggers for costs (arranging other meeting place, publicizing new location &c.) and damages.