The truth about Sunsara Taylor and the “Ethical” Humanist Society
IN THREE PARTS
1. a statement from Sunsara:
On the “Ethical” Humanist Society of Chicago, or... Why I Was Dis-Invited, Why I Did Not Just Shut Up And Go Away, and Why It Still Matters
My invitation to speak at the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago traces back to a talk that I gave on a panel at Columbia College last year entitled, “A Communist, A Buddhist and a Priest Sit Down to Discuss... Morality to Change the World: With or Without God(s)?” [which you can listen to here and here].2. a statement from Sue B who coordinated Sunsara's tour and worked closely with the EHSC
The diversity of views among the panelists, along with robust challenges and deep questions from the audience, made this an exhilarating evening. I spoke openly of being a communist. Drawing from Bob Avakian's book, Away With All Gods! Unchaining the Mind and Radically Changing the World, I brought alive how his further development of communism places great importance on the need for the methods and means of all who struggle for liberation to be rooted in, and consistent with, our ends. In other words, if we want a world where the needs of humanity are valued above individual gain, where women are fully liberated, where all peoples and a diversity of cultures are respected and valued, and where critical thinking, the unfettered search for the truth, and individuality are fostered – then we must begin to live this morality now and we must struggle to bring that world into being. Others spoke from their own perspectives. Hundreds of students and others stayed long after the scheduled end, standing in the back and squeezing in on the floor in front.
That night, a member of the EHSC Program Committee approached me and let me know that he intended to approach other members of his Committee and invite me to speak. (MORE)
The True Story of Sunsara Taylor and the “Ethical” Humanist Society of Chicago
Since the cancellation of Sunsara Taylor's long-scheduled talk at the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago [EHSC] and the subsequent brutal arrest of her videographer on November 1st at the EHSC, there has been an avalanche of lies and distortions spread by members of the EHSC. While there are simply too many lies to refute them all, in this letter I will take apart the core elements of the mythology surrounding these events that has been constructed by the EHSC.3. a statement from a lawyer providing an eyewitness account attesting to the peacefulness of the videographer and the brutality of the police
I believe that part of the reason EHSC is persisting in deliberately misrepresenting what happened and spinning a story that fortifies an untruthful account is because they don’t want to confront the reality of how ugly this whole thing has been, how much it goes against their own principles. (MORE)
I am a lawyer licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois for the last 23 years.
I was present at the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago [EHSC] on November 1st. I personally witnessed the entire incident leading to the arrest and can lay out the salient facts of what occurred at EHSC that day. (MORE)