A few rules for the good of the order.

From: Robert
Sent on: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 7:18 AM

Greetings Humanists,

It has come to my attention that there are a few unwanted messages being sent from this group and I want to make a few points very clear.

The Secular Humanists of Everett is a Humanist group brought together to promote humanism, fight for the separation of church and state, stand up for all secular members of our community and help out humanity whenever possible.

We are not a political arm of any particular party.  Nor are we a breeding ground for pet theories and insinuations on the efficacy of our current political system.

While these topics are certainly up for discussion, I do not feel that our group is the proper place to have them.  If you are part of this group in hopes of furthering your own political agenda, I am afraid you have the wrong group.

Consider this a warning.  Do not post political diatribes or theories about certain governmental actions you feel are wrong unless those topics are of concern to maintaining a secular government.  Any infraction from this point on will result to disciplinary action up to and including removal from the group.

 

Secondly, I noticed that unrelated topics are beginning to take over the meetings.  To help alleviate this situation, we will need to implement some parliamentary procedures.

  • Those wishing to speak will signal the chair by raising their hand.
  • The chair will recognize a speaker and that person has the floor for a set amount of time.
  • That speaker may yield their time to another member.
  • Any member can call a point of order if the speaker has veered off-topic.
  • All motions will be put forth by members and can not be introduced by the chair.
  • Once seconded, the motion will be put up for discussion either tabled or voted on.
  • Minutes of business proceedings will be kept and will be read at the next meeting.
  • Once we have approved a treasurer we will also have a treasurers report.

I was really hoping that we could maintain a civil discussion without resorting to using these steps, but it appears that in order to maintain any sense of order we must be a little less relaxed with the rules.

 

Finally, one last note.  We will not tolerate any form of language that contains racist, sexist or otherwise derogatory remarks toward a particular demographic that people have no choice in.  This includes generalizations of the sexes, race or sexual orientation.

Complaints around this topic will be taken seriously and dealt with swiftly.  There is no room in the Humanist movement for bigotry and disparaging remarks towards others.

I thank you for your continued support and hope to see all of you soon.

 

Robert Ray
President Pro Tempore

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