I won't comment

Today the Secular Coalition for America announced their new executive director.  Her name is Edwina Rogers and she is admittedly an unorthodox choice.  This has excited some and boggled others, all of which are sending me emails asking my opinion.

Here’s the deal.  I work for the Secular Student Alliance, one of the member organizations in the SCA.  If people do hear anything out of the SSA, it needs to come from Jesse Galef, our communications director.  So I’m going to refrain from comment on this issue.

If you have questions, send them along to the SCA.  Ditto with support and ditto with criticisms.  They want to hear all of them and they will listen.

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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.

  • http://everydayatheist.wordpress.com Everyday Atheist

    Knowing nothing more than what is listed in her bio and interview on the SCA site, I think she’s a savvy choice. One of the areas we’ve lagged behind other interest groups is in engaging the political process. We don’t lack for good ideas and a positive message. But we could use a few more “technicians” — lobbyists, marketers (atheist billboards have a mixed success rate), professional fundraisers, etc. — to help us get those ideas and message out. If Ms. Rogers lives up to her aspirations, the SCA could become a force in unifying the political clout of the secular movement.

    • http://terahertzatheist.ca Ian

      I completely agree. I think sometimes making a pragmatic choice is better in the long run that continually promoting the most ideologically pure. Executive directors need to be people who can effectively carry out the mission of their organizations. I see nothing that says Rogers can’t do that, just a lot of people pissing about her ideological purity.

  • John Eberhard

    How very diplomatic, JT. Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one, and you had the restraint not to show yours at an inappropriate place and time. Go you.

  • sqlrob

    I hope you or other members of the SCA are looking at the commentary that’s here on FTB.

  • Zengaze

    I initially was of the opinion of wait and see, but it turns out she gave money to rick perrys campaign. That is a good indicator as to where secularism is on her priority list.

    She may be a good lobbyist but I’d rather have someone who writes their own songs than a jukebox who plays whatever song I pay her to.

    The fallout from this could be ugly.

  • ccaldwell314

    Couldn’t agree more.

  • Supermental

    Alright! Someone has here: (hint: JT is a fan of this person)