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Debate: Remember Robyn Blumner, briefly a Utahn?

Published January 21, 2016 11:20 am
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Robyn Blumner was executive director of the Utah American Civil Liberties Union for a couple of years back in the late 1980s. She had a similar job with the Florida ACLU, then became an opinion writer for The Tampa Bay Times. The Tribune editorial page ran some of her columns for a time.

Then she was back to nonprofit land, the new boss of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science.

Today, she's got a new gig:

— Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science to Merge with Center for Inquiry — Center For Inquiry

"The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science and the Center for Inquiry, two of the world's most respected freethought institutions, have announced their intent to merge. The new organization, which will be the largest secularist organization in the United States, will bear the name of the Center for Inquiry (CFI), with the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science (RDFRS) becoming a division of CFI.

"Robyn Blumner, currently president & CEO of RDFRS, will become CEO of the combined entity on January 25. ..."

From her days as a pundit:

— America's road to torture and those who kept silent about it — Robyn Blumner | The Salt Lake Tribune, May 26, 2008

" ... FBI agents started complaining to their higher-ups as early as 2002 that abuse was occurring at the hands of CIA and military interrogators; yet our chief law enforcement agency failed to act in any way beyond absenting itself from the dirty business. Those officials failed in their jobs to uphold American law and values. ..."

— The smiley-face facade — Robyn Blumner | The Salt Lake Tribune, Oct. 19, 2009

" ... On the surface, prosperity gospels and positive-thinking companies appear harmless with their treacly 'Successories products' of posters and coffee mugs, but they have subversively helped make each of us an island. They have convinced Americans that each individual has control and power over the conditions of their life, when that is largely not the case. Access to decent health care at a reasonable price is not a matter of individual effort. Neither is securing decent wages, pensions, safe working conditions or job security. Workers demanded those rights through collective action in the 20th century, and we are losing them now by taking an 'every man for himself' approach to work. ..."

Good luck, Robyn.






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