Update 3/24 – by Godless Teen
In a sense, a lot has changed since last Tuesday, and yet, nothing’s changed at all. So here’s the newest update on the situation with Overeaters Anonymous.
First of all, after a few emails, both JT Eberhard and Hemant Mehta have written great posts about the situation, vocalizing the issues behind OA much more fluently than I could ever hope to do myself (and to a much larger crowd, too). Thanks guys!
Both of them have also offered for me to contact the FFRF or the ACLU. As of the time of writing, I have declined their offers. That being said, I am currently debating the issue in my head, and it won’t take much for me to have a change of heart. I prefer to keep things peaceful, but that can’t always be the case.
So what’s been happening with the school? As per his request, my father and I worked together to formulate an email to the school principal, stating clearly that we do not want to see OA step foot into the school ever again. This was Friday. Since then, we haven’t gotten a response. Unfortunately, I can’t use this to justify that the principal is sympathetic to OA’s cause yet, because I’m currently on Spring Break, like every other kid in my school. I’m not entirely sure what that means for teachers, but I’ll give my principal the benefit of the doubt for now, and I’ve agreed to wait until Wednesday next week for a response. After that, it’s FFRF’s ball.
Perhaps I’m being too kind to the school. After all, when a group like OA comes in to target innocent, mentally ill students for conversion, I can’t describe their actions as anything short of disgusting. The fact that coaches within the school are fully aware of the fact that groups like OA are coming in- and they continue to invite them into our building- is also horrific. True, perhaps they do not fully understand the ideas behind the 1st Amendment, but, then again, ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking it. I’d hope that people working within the school would understand federal law, anyways.
Ten days, and then I’m handing this over to the FFRF.