This is a good sign:
The Laurier Freethought Alliance has been recognized!
Today we had our first meeting on campus and while that was going on the Campus Clubs department sat down and discussed the issue with the new constitution and that's it, it's over, it's done, nine months and six days of havoc and a several interviews, we have done it! This is the moment we have been waiting for.
And while Anatoly might be polite about it, one can only hope that the doughbrains at the WLUSU who originally rejected that application subsequently got spanked so hard, they won't want to sit down for the next week or two. Really, stupidity should be painful.
But on the calendar:
As for the LFA, we're glad to be running. February 12th is Darwin Day and we'll see if we can hand out free bananas to people on campus... about 150 of them.
Well, then, I think everyone should take a few minutes out of their day and drop by WLU if they can. Perhaps I'll stop in, and collect my banana.
BY THE WAY, I am going to take issue with Anatoly here:
For a brief time, our tiny club in our little university in a small Canadian town got the publicity of some of the biggest secular blogs online and it was a great experience to have everyone showing concern and atheists, agnostics, skeptics, and the generally non-religious standing up for each other. However, in some cases, the paranoia and distrust of some individuals went to extremes and the complains, which we never asked for, were worded very harshly. And, while I would lie if I said that I didn't think that this attention expedited the process tremendously, it wasn't the thing that did it. The thing that got us club status was sitting down with the key players from their side, discussing what needed to be done, filling out the appropriate paperwork, and getting accepted professionally. I think we have shown that calm, rational discourse prevails in the end and great things can be accomplishes with just understanding what the other side wants and how both can work together without compromising each other's goals. Like I emphasized in my previous entry "cooler heads prevail."
Um ... no, Anatoly, what got things done was not sitting down and acting professionally, it was holding the offending members of the WLUSU up to savage and international ridicule. Lesson number one: if you're going to fight with these people, learn how to fight dirty.
When it comes to dealing with these whackjobs, nice guys really do finish last.