Laurier Freethought Alliance to receive full Campus Clubs recognition by week’s end
After a firestorm of freethought blogging, a barrage of angry emails, a stirred up Wilfrid Laurier University Student Union (WLUSU) executive board and university administration, and the clarification of some miscommunications between the Laurier Freethought Alliance (LFA) and the WLUSU, the WLUSU has agreed to grant the LFA campus club status pending the addition of statements to the LFA club description indicating that the club will be tolerant and inclusive of all groups on campus. Recall that late last week the LFA application for club status had been denied (though with invitation for application modification and resubmission). Congratulations to Tyler Handley, Anatoly Venovcev, and the LFA for becoming the first recognized freethought/nontheist student group at WLU!
Last Friday when the big hub-bub started I predicted that by the middle of this week ‘Toly and Ty would be famous (within reason, of course). This indeed has turned out to be the case. Over the past few days a substantial number of hits to this blog have come from people searching “Tyler Handley”, “Anatoly Venovcev”, “Laurier Freethought Alliance”, “Laurier atheist club denied”, and the like. I can only assume that the same is true for most or all of the other blogs that posted on this story. And as presumably most of us figured would happen, the cyber-rumble spread to the WLU campus. Check out the current issue of the university’s online newspaper, CordWeekly, to get a campus perspective of this tangled affair.