Good morning, everyone. I have received enough complaints about "The Awakenings" email that I feel compelled to comment on it. As meetup organizer I ask that you respect the other members of this organization enough not to sell anything, whether it is a diet pill, chakra crystals, or religious themed bowl of chili. This group does not discriminate against people's personal beliefs, but we do ask that you respect others enough not to promote those beliefs to the rest of the group.
If you have an event that you would like to promote, please email me directly at [address removed], or post a discussion thread, do not email the entire group. If you do e-mail the group something I consider inappropriate, I will warn you. If you persist, you will be banned.
In the past, I have used this group email to promote inter-organization collaboration. Although I received no complaints, I understand this may also have been offensive to some of you, and I will stick to posting notices on the message boards as a result. Nobody signed up for this group to be sold anything, and I appreciate that fact.
I apologize to the entire group for any inconvenience or offense this incident may have caused.
If the Diogenes Club and Fight Club had an intermittently gregarious baby, it would be The Gastonia Society for Free Thought. People come here to discuss all the things forbidden by polite society. No topic is off-limits, just be ready to defend your views with evidence. This is an atheist-friendly group, but it is independent and unaffiliated from all other organizations. This is "disorganized" atheism free of obligations, sociopolitical litmus tests, or agenda. No attendance is taken, no RSVP's are required, and no solicitation will be made. You don't even have to join the group officially, just show up if you are so inclined.
Pro-Tip: Don't solicit or proselytize. Don't run your game here, people.