Walking away from THAT Stereotype
There have been numerous blanket dismissals of the idea that some feminists have really demanded that Ron Lindsay be fired. I know that people have addressed Amanda Marcotte’s tweet wherein she states, “I will be blunt, If the secularist movement continues to support Ron Lindsay, I will publicly write them off as irrelevant.” I have not seen people point to the later tweet in which she directed people to actually write to the board and tell them, “if he is not removed, you will withdraw your support”
and Chris Clark’s tweet in which he reminds followers that CFI has the right to fire Ron Lindsay even though he gets his job position incorrect. Ron is not the Executive Director. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer. Tom Flynn is the Executive Director.
What I think has been wholly overlooked is the inflammatory letter that was sent to the CFI board by a Secular Woman member. It was then prominently featured on their website. He demands Ron’s removal not once but twice.
It is thus that I urge you to remove Ron Lindsay from his position of CEO.
This would have to begin with the replacement of Ron Lindsay
This letter was posted to the Secular Woman group and it was in the thread generated under this post that it was suggested that either Melody Hensley or Rebecca Watson could replace Ron. When I asked the simple question who would replace Ron in response to the Charles Loelius letter, I got chastised to SHUT UP and LISTEN to the MAN. I have whited or blacked out names to protect the privacy of the individuals involved. Loelius’ name remains as he was the author of the letter. When this thread was happening, the content was so outrageous, I knew these feminists could no longer be counted on to represent a moderate viewpoint.
I think it is fairly safe to say that, yes, the most outraged feminists have been demanding Ron be fired. Not only do they want him fired, but the choice of his replacement isn’t based upon qualifications, only whether or not she would irritate him and Vacula.
I am aware that Ron has now issued an apology. The fact is, they were not simply seeking an apology. They were demanding his removal. The statement that the board issued was viewed as an insult, so much so that Greta Christina withdrew from her speaking engagement and Rebecca Watson announced a boycott.
Today, it seems that a lot of back-peddling is happening. Dana Hunter, of FTB, went from being furious with Ron and stating the following,
We no longer trust Ron Lindsay and the CFI Board of Directors to act in our best interests.
I hereby rescind my request for
your head on a pikeyour resignation.
Stephanie Zvan, of the same blog network, thanks Ron for his apology, and then promptly demands more action,
A prompt announcement of Women in Secularism 3
Melody’s reception speech from Women in Secularism 2 posted at the CFI blog.
Willingness to reach out on controversial topics. I don’t think feminism should be particularly controversial topic, but controversy is obviously built around it. With this and other hot-button issues, I would like to see secular and skeptical leadership (I am not just talking about CFI here) talk more to the people involved in the controversies.
This third item is particularly ironic because isn’t that precisely what Ron was attempting to do with his speech? Isn’t that what a lot of have tried to do and then got shut down? The demand for more action seems to be because they have become emboldened by the fact that he offered an apology in response to their letters. I was actually not surprised by his apology. What surprised me was the fact that is was so long forthcoming.
People are now complaining that his apology is stiff and not genuine. What do you expect from someone when you put a figurative gun to his head.
I spent the last month in the Secular Woman members only group watching in dismay as the women I once admired started perpetuating all of the most horrid stereotypes feminists fight against -being angry man-hating shrill sexists.
Right before I hit publish, this gem of a thread happened on Facebook. A feminist was wielding the word privilege like a baseball bat at a man’s head and swinging like it was her third out and bases were loaded.She didn’t want to hear a thing he had to say simply because he was a man and shut him down with one word, “privilege” Seems to me this validates what Ron Lindsay said in his speech.
You know, if merely thinking that men can be my allies in this movement makes me a chill girl, well then…
Anyway, I just joined JREF and am headed to TAM2013.