I am currently deciding if I should resign from an organization I have worked with for a few years (outside of the skeptical community) after learning some very concerning information about the leadership of the group and some decisions that they have made. It’s one of those things where I need to decide if I feel the organization is likely to change course, in which case I want to stick around and help it get better. On the other hand, if it is likely to continue down a path I see as deeply problematic I want to get out as quickly as possible. Someone I respect enormously has already left and I need to decide if I should follow him.
The situation reminds me a bit of how a lot of people are feeling about CFI right now after Ron Lindsay’s speech at Women in Secularism 2. Greta Christina recently posted a letter to CFI’s board from 13 speakers from WiS2 expressing their concerns about Lindsay’s speech and asking for at least an apology from Lindsay. The letter says that “Anything less will make it difficult, if not impossible, for us to continue to support CFI the way we have in the past.”
How do you go about deciding when it is time to back away from an organization you’re associated with? Do you bolt when serious concerns come to light, or stick around and try to make things better? Who’s advice do you listen to when deciding these kinds of things? What are your deal breakers?
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