A Brief Comment on the Wyndgate Matter

October 12, 2011

As most of you are aware, CFI-Michigan, one of our branches, contracted with a club in suburban Detroit—The Wyndgate—to hold an event at which Richard Dawkins had graciously agreed to speak. (In fact, the event takes place this evening.) However, once the club owner became aware that Professor Dawkins is an atheist, the club cancelled the event, refusing to honor its contract.

CFI has received numerous messages of support and also numerous inquiries essentially asking, “What are you going to do about this?” We are very grateful for the support. The expressions of solidarity and of shared outrage are very encouraging. Discrimination against atheists will stop only when we make it clear we will no longer meekly accept being treated like second-class citizens.

Regarding our next steps, as a former practicing lawyer, I have an aversion to telegraphing our plans. Suffice it to say that we intend to pursue whatever legal remedies are available to us. Stay tuned.