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From: Jeannette W.
Sent on: Thursday, December 17, 2009 2:45 PM
Due to the flood of complaints I've received, I have moved the issue regarding Samuel to the message board. A comprise had to be met and this is the best solution I could come up with. It was never my intent to keep anything a secret or to exercise power some may feel unwarranted. However, as an organizer and leader of an organization, sometimes decision have to be made, and given the circumstances they may not always be as well thought out as I'd like them to be. When I initially wrote the email asking for that particular thread to close, I thought I was clear that the discussion was not closed, as I was open to answering any questions one may have. As my box was being flooded with emails, I was unable to keep up with the thread and answer all the questions posed. Here is where we stand on the issue: I have contacted Meetup, and they are working on the issue, as he is a member other Meetup groups. As far as him coming to a meeting, there isn't a lot one can do. The only option available is to cancel the Meetup for those you fear he will attend. It is unfortunate, but I don't want anyone doing anything they feel unsafe doing. I personally don't find him to be a threat, and based on comments other organizers have left he has not actually shown up in person. What he did on Meetup is referred to as "flaming" and I've seen it before. From the personal emails he has sent me, and the incoherency of his speech, I personally believe he is just a punk kid. That is not to say that caution shouldn't be exercised, but that is where the issue stands. It will be much easier for me to track concerns on a thread such as this. I appreciate those making concessions to use the thread and hope to put this matter to rest.

This message has been posted on the Message Board. For those who want to continue the discussion it is open to all. If you click the "track this message" box you should get emails when the thread is updated. Please note that any replies to this email as well as the initial email regarding Samuel will only go to myself, not the entire group. This has been as distressing for me as I'm sure it has been for you all.

Warmest Regards,
Jeannette Watland-President
Minnesota Atheists

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