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Tom Flynn is the Center for Inquiry’s vice president for media and director of Inquiry Media Productions. He is also executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism and editor of its flagship magazine, Free Inquiry. He designed and directs the Council's museum at the Dresden, N.Y., birthplace of 19th century agnostic orator Robert Green Ingersoll. He has written or edited eight books, including The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief (Prometheus, 2007).

A Clarion Call—and a Bombshell?—on Obama and Church-State?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 9, 2012

A February 9th essay on Salon.com by ACLU Legislative Counsel Dena Sher casts down the gauntlet, presenting the case for Barack Obama positioning himself as a more secular president, perhaps picking up support from mainstream believers uncomfortable with religious-right posturing. Take, for example, those tens of millions of U. S. Catholics who, unlike their 271 bishops, apparently think contraception is just fine. Ms. Sher also included what may be a bombshell.

More on Hosanna-Tabor

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 13, 2012

The U. S. Supreme Court’s curious decision in Hosanna-Tabor endorsing an amorphous ministerial exemption against Federal employment law leaves me conflicted. As a secularist, I regret any court finding or legislation that broadens religion’s power vis-a-vis a secular polity. Still, as I understand the First Amendment and its unique religion clauses, the Supremes probably did the right thing—though I wish the Justices had found a way to do it that seems less certain to catalyze a tsunami of new employment litigation.

What are your helladay plans?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 5, 2011

Well, the Some People’s Favorite Holiday Season is upon us again. How to you plan to observe—or not observe—the “helladays”?

7 Billion? Yikes!

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 4, 2011

A less sanguine view of the arrival of Baby #7 Billion.

Take a Trip on the Freethought Trail

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 13, 2011
Take a Trip on the Freethought Trail

A Council for Secular Humanism project highlights the rich radical-reform history of the region surrounding the Ingersoll Birthplace Museum.

The Ultimate Faith-based Initiative, Ten Years On

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 9, 2011

Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Rivers of ink, actual and virtual, have already been spilled about it. But I’d like to add one perspective that, on my view, has not been represented nearly enough.

UFOs Over New York City!

October 14, 2010
UFOs Over New York City!

Mysterious objects in the sky have the internet atwitter, but here at CSI this scene is old hat.

Sound, Fury, Less Than Nothing

December 8, 2009
Sound, Fury, Less Than Nothing

I didn't think it was possible, but last night pseudo-documentary television reached a new high in seeking new lows.

World Skeptics Congress Draws Over 1200 Participants

Skeptical Briefs Volume 6.3, September 1996

World Skeptics Congress Draws Over 1200 Participants

More than twelve hundred skeptics representing some twenty-four countries flocked here for the "20th birthday party" of CSICOP.

A Matter of Perspective, Part II

Skeptical Briefs Volume 5.4, December 1995

Beyond Belief
A Matter of Perspective, Part II

Last issue, we examined the once-difficult motion picture shot in which the camera dollies forward while zooming out...

The Curse of Clarity Returns!

Skeptical Briefs Volume 5.2, June 1995

Beyond Belief

Effects technology has made countless strides since Star Wars launched the revolution in 1977...

The Curse of Clarity

Skeptical Briefs Volume 5.1, March 1995

Beyond Belief
The Curse of Clarity

One of the best effects shots of the 1930s is a pilot's-eye view as his plane screamed over the New York skyline toward Kong...

The Color of “White”

Skeptical Briefs Volume 4.3, September 1994

Beyond Belief
The Color of “White”

What’s going on here? We're catching our eyes in the act of second-guessing the color of everything we see.

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