Can The Secular Party of America Survive Its “NameGate” Scandal?
As we have reported before the Secular Party of America (Formerly the National Atheist Party) has fallen on hard times due to its recent fraudulent election. Since we broke the story on this we have seen the guilty parties admit to their mistakes and resign their positions, unjust attacks against Shelia Blackadder and Christopher Thomas for their bravery in exposing this “namegate” scandal, and of course we have seen statement after statement of supporters and members washing their hands of the party and moving on to better projects. We have begun to ask the question “Can the SPoA survive this scandal”, and the answer has consistently been no.
I have had the distinct pleasure to speak with United States Army combat veteran Corey King. He is a former state chapter leader for the party and candidate to fill the open slot of president for the party. Corey spoke to me a great deal about the kind of integrity and accountability the party would need to adopt were it to survive and planned to campaign on that platform until he came to see how impossible such a thing could be. He released the following statement to the current executive board of the party and to us at A-News.
In light of the recent and continuing challenges the SPoA party is facing, I feel it’s best for the party as a whole that I not only withdraw my bid for the presidential campaign, but that I also resign from the party as a whole. I understand how this may come to a shock for some, however after applying critical thinking concerning the party and my position within, I’ve reached the inevitable conclusion that the SPoA’s stance on certain issues concerning certain party practices and the use and wording of the SPoA Non-disclosure Agreement, are not in line with my own ethos. I cannot in good conscience participate with any organization who through any signed agreement, suppresses any individual’s moral duty to speak out against any member at any time for any wrongdoing. I also feel that running for the position of president following recent events is not in my best personal interests and may in fact damage my reputation within the atheist secular community. I wish the party success in all its future endeavors, and I hope for the sake of its constituents and the secular cause of this great nation that the SPoA continue in earnest to live up to the ideals of the highest ethical standards, and become a viable force for upholding and defending secular rights in our government. Thank you,
I have to agree with Corey, it would be impossible to do the right thing and follow the current non disclosure agreement put forth by the party, and Corey is certainly not alone with wanting to wash his hands of this trainwreck. Other leaders have been sending in their resignations as well. Just last night Victor Henzi issued his resignation from the board as did several others in leadership positions.
Without much remaining leadership or a membership it may be time to call the time of death for this organization and move on. For those of you who still wish to see Atheism in the political theater I would recommend giving your support to groups like the Secular Coalition for America or American Atheists. It is groups like those who are paving the way for a time when Atheism will be the mainstream influence in politics and they need our support.