Despite my request earlier today that my account be deleted, it’s still open. So I’ll renew that request, this time publicly and use my continued access to explain my reasons in more detail.
I would strongly prefer not to leave CFI and these forums. However, there are two ways of looking at an organization like CFI in this plane of analysis.
One is that we are a repository for OPOGs (old pissed-off guys) who want someplace to vent about how awful it is that we have to live in a world of irrational people, woe is us. This could be characterized as a circle-j—-.
The other is that CFI could some day be a respected organization with national influence, to which people might turn for guidance or a little thoughtfulness when these issues come up. The head of an organization like CFI, which issues press releases, should resign immediately if his vision is not along these lines. Sadly, this second vision died today. If CFI ever rose to a position of significance, where its leaders were being sought out for their views, Mr. Lindsays’s statement, which he condensed nicely into a single sentence so that it would fit on Fox’s TV screen, would drown out anything else he was trying to say. The game is over. Any hope of CFI ever rising to this status is dead, at least while the current leadership remains in power and likely for long beyond that. This one press release will haunt CFI for decades, and it may never recover.
I will not be associated with an organization that says that no houses of worship should be built in any area. It is wrong and consummately (politically) stupid. I will not be a part of it.
Secondarily, there is no longer any point to my being associated with an organization whose leadership obviously does not take CFI’s role in the national community seriously. Were this the only reason, I would remain on these forums but there is an ethical point, which requires me to disassociate myself immediately and unequivocally.
Doug, please delete my membership without further delay. If the leadership changes, or maybe if Lindsay’s statement is retracted and an apology issued, or he’s fired and the organization issues a retraction, let me know and I will happily return. Meanwhile, I will miss you all.