Letter update: delay again

Hey gang.  I know this is frustrating.

The post is written.  It’s been vetted by legal experts to make sure anybody launching a defamation suit would be laughed out of courts.  I’m waiting on a few more people to give their ok.

As soon as I get the thumbs up from them, it goes live.

I’ll leave you with the happy news that the SSA met it’s $250,000 match with 11 days to spare.  I will try and keep you guys apprised to what our student groups get out of that money as best I’m able over the fall.

Thanks to all of you who donated or helped to spread the word.  The work we do is necessary, but it’s exhausting.  In my case particular, since I regularly am reminded that there are lots of people who will pull amazingly low stunts in order to make life difficult for young atheists.  Getting the support and encouragement from the rest of this movement makes a huge difference.

I wish I could thank everybody individually.  Just know that I want to.  *hug*

And thanks for being patient with this.  I want to make sure all my ducks are in a row.

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://healthyhumanist.com Healthy Humanist

    250,000 big ones! Hell yeah! Fall is coming up and it’s time to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and I brought Juicy Fruit so that when the flavor runs out one second after being bitten into it makes everyone want to kick that much more ass.

  • otrame

    You are being very smart to check everything with the lawyers. We can wait until it is vetted.

  • Jason T

    That’s OK. We don’t mind. We would rather have it done correctly rather than damage the credibility of the SSA.

    Keep up the good work.

  • IslandBrewer

    Yay, for money to keep JT employed! And all the work SSA does, of course.

  • quentinlong

    Given JT’s customary in-your-fuckin’-face style, the fact that the blogpost needs to be checked over by lawyers to ensure a lack of legally-actionable content… suggests that we may soon be in the presence of isotopically-pure Awesome.

  • Peno Malaputo
    • Peno Malaputo

      Sorry for the embedding, meant to to a link.

  • baal

    I’m a-ok with waiting few days. It’s be careful time.
    SSA looks like its really making a difference and with that, the anti-forces will be looking for opportunities to nail the organization with lawsuits and slights for acts real and imagined.

  • http://www.atheist-faq.com Jasper of Maine (I feel safe and welcome at FTB)

    It seems like it’s a lot of work to go through for the sake of a blog post, and I’ve often wondered whether posting on your adventures dealing with these administrations isn’t pushing the line of legal appropriateness.

    But then again, keeping us in the loop does seem to drum up a ton of support, and generate a rallying cry for the cause. It’s also nice to see what my donations are going towards, and that the money isn’t just disappearing into the void.

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/wwjtd JT Eberhard

      I very much want to ensure I’m being legally appropriate and have no doubts that I am. I have a pretty kick ass assortment of legal advisers. :)

      And you hit the nail on the head. People care about what high school atheists are going through. And, for the multitude of people who have donated who read this blog, it tells them what I’m doing. It’s important to me for people to know that I’m fighting as hard as I can (and as efficiently as I can), not only so they know their donation was the right choice, but so they consider doing so again in the future. Part of supporting the students is getting non-students to pony up dough on their behalf. I want to keep giving them good reasons to do so.