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  •  The event was for Center for Inquiry, ... (14+ / 0-)

    ... [and here I nearly manage to stifle a fercrhissakes] ...

    I don't know whether the country club was donating the space, or the CFI was paying market rate for the event space. If the club was making an in-kind donation of the space, maybe they should have discussed the nature of the fundraiser in more detail (even if was headlined as The Magic of Reality: CFI MI Fundraiser with Richard Dawkins). Maybe the green light for the donation should have been put on hold during the 0.26 seconds it takes to google Dawkins' philosophy regarding religion.

    The event was a fundraiser, not just a talk, for an organization dedicated to rational inquiry. The title included, "the magic of reality." Given the religious and/or political leanings of the club management, we'll assume it wasn't a donation, but instead just the everyday renting out of an event space. Having gotten that far, they seemed pretty well on their way to cashing the CFI's check without bothering too much with philosophical alignment. In fact, that may not have a legal choice in the philosophies they accommodate:

    Richard Dawkins Event Banned by Michigan Country Club

    Although privately owned, The Wyndgate facilities are open to the public for special events and occasions. According to Title II of the Federal Civil Rights Law of 1964, “open to the public” means “all persons shall be entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation, as defined in this section, without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, or national origin.”

    Good news: they have new location (The Royal Park Hotel)

    Why is there a Confederate Flag flying in Afghanistan?

    by chimpy on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 01:24:28 PM PDT

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    •  Well then, I hope they get sued (13+ / 0-)

      into bankruptcy.

      Really. How hard is it to tell the idiot members that 1) they don't have to go and 2) they contracted for the space and it's going to cost MONEY if they deny it to them. Possibly LOTS of money.

      Do you think the members who were so bent out of shape are going to pay the legal fees? JUST them, not the other members who might not be so eager for the club to get this type of exposure?

      •  Who wants to be a member of any religion.... (1+ / 0-)
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        that is so afraid of the opposition that instead of engaging and dialogue and defending their beliefs, refuses to allow their opponent to speak?

        Course denying Dawkins the right to speak is a step forward from the old system that would have seen him drawn, quartered and burned at  the stake.  Now, the deepest indignity is that he won't be able to get a good tee-off time.

        Free markets would be a great idea, if markets were actually free.

        by dweb8231 on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 03:34:46 PM PDT

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