Center for Inquiry v. Golf Course Services

Eastern District Of Michigan Case No. 12-11903

A Michigan country club that cancelled an event by CFI, allegedly because of the speaker’s and attendees’ atheism, has agreed to a settlement in the case brought against it. The terms of the settlement are confidential.

In April of last year, the Center for Inquiry brought suit against the Wyndgate Country Club of Rochester Hills, Michigan for violation of both the federal and state civil rights laws, as well as breach of contract, after it cancelled an October, 2011 CFI-Michigan event featuring famous atheist Richard Dawkins. The club tried to justify breaking its contract by stating that “the owner does not wish to associate with certain individuals and philosophies.” The club’s representative specifically cited a concern over Dawkins’ appearance on The O’Reilly Factor a few days before, in which Dawkins’ atheism was the chief topic.

CFI was represented in this lawsuit by the Royal Oak, Michigan law firm of Pitt, McGehee, Palmer, Rivers & Golden, P.C. CFI is grateful for their able assistance in this case.