Tom Flynn

Tom Flynn is Executive Director of The Council for Secular Humanism, Editor of "Free Inquiry" magazine, Director of Inquiry Media Productions, and Director of the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum.

Stories by Tom Flynn

No place for religion in public policy

The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions, along with … Continued

Freedom: secularism’s gift to the world

In light of the continuing political uprising throughout the Middle East, American leaders are reported to be recalculating their approach … Continued

Sadly, Catholic hospitals have a right to be medieval

In Texas, a Catholic bishop made two hospitals cease doing tube-tying operations for women who are not going to have … Continued

If Jesus Isn’t Your Savior, Christmas Shouldn’t Be Your Holiday

Non-Christians who indulge in any “me-too” observance this time of year commit a profound strategic error.

Marriage: Yes it’s on the rocks, and good riddance

A new survey out this week from the National Marriage Project shows that marriage is an institution in decline in … Continued

Voters, look into your hearts

Pope Benedict XVI and Catholic Cardinal-designate Raymond Burke both recently characterized voting as a moral act with spiritual consequences. The … Continued

Let’s rally for reason and secularism

This weekend, Jon Stewart is holding “a rally to restore sanity” on the mall, two months after Glenn Beck’s religion-infused … Continued

Atheists: know thy enemy

In a Pew Forum survey released Tuesday, atheists and agnostic surpass all other groups in their knowledge of religion. How … Continued

Healing? It’s more urgent to understand the problem

After 9/11 President Bush reminded Americans that the attack was the work of a few terrorists and not the Muslim … Continued

Save energy, self-discover at home

In the memoir Eat, Pray, Love, writer Elizabeth Gilbert gives up her entire way of life to spend a year … Continued

Christ without Christianity; religion without spirit

Author Anne Rice said last week that she was ‘quitting Christianity:’ The once-lapsed Catholic wrote that she was could no … Continued

Balancing rights and prudence

A mosque near ground zero? The New York City community board endorsed the Cordoba House, a community center and mosque … Continued

All religions equally wrong, but not in same ways

Q: Are all religions the same? The Dalai Lama, who just celebrated his 75th birthday, often refers to the ‘oneness’ … Continued

Immigration charitable, but unsustainable

Q: Illegal immigrants are flouting U.S. laws, but does affluent America (or Arizona for that matter) have a larger moral … Continued

Nothing fails like the National Day of Prayer

Q: Did the Pentagon do the right thing by disinviting evangelist Franklin Graham from a National Day of Prayer event … Continued

Thank the Void I’m an atheist

Q:Do your religious beliefs exalt or stigmatize sex (or both)? Is religion a useful tool for helping young people navigate … Continued

An institution accustomed to kid gloves

Q:A senior Vatican priest last week compared outrage at Pope Benedict’s handling of sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church … Continued

Who could replace Pope Benedict?

Q:Should Pope Benedict XVI be held responsible for the escalating scandals over clerical sexual abuse in Europe? Should he be … Continued

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Pulpit Disbelief is Nothing New

Part seven of the OnFaith Forum “Disbelief in the Pulpit.”

The end for tax-funded religious service agencies?

Q: If a church or other religious charity receives government funding, should it follow all government rules, including those against … Continued