April 18, 2011
TOM FLYNN EXPLAINS “The Demographyof Unbelief”
(PLAINVIEW, NY) Center for Inquiry – Long Island is pleased to announce anupcoming presentation by Tom Flynn, called “Who Are These Doubters, Anyway: TheDemography of Unbelief.” Mr. Flynn is executive director of the Council forSecular Humanism, editor of Free Inquirymagazine, and author of several books on humanism and freethought.
Mr. Flynn willbe discussing the increasing numbers of atheists, agnostics, and assortedskeptics and freethinkers in the U.S. population. He will show the variousmethodologies used to collect this data, arguing that as many as 49 millionUnited States citizens do not believe in a god.
How can weexpect this demographic to affect our community? Will the presence of a largepopulation of unbelievers affect the moral character of our nation? Mr. Flynn’sanswers to these questions are both thoughtful and uplifting to people of allbeliefs and “unbeliefs.”
Center forInquiry is a global non-profit organization dedicated to science, reason, andsecular values. CFI–Long Island provides monthly educational forums on science,skepticism, ethics and technology, as well as community outreach and socialnetworking opportunities.
EVENT DATE: Friday, April 29,2011 – 7:00 – 9:30 PM
TITLE: “The Demographics ofUnbelief”
LOCATION: Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Road, Plainview, NY.
AVAILABILITY: This lecture is FREE and OPEN TO THEPUBLIC.
Contact: AmyFrushour Kelly
TOM FLYNN: BIOGRAPHY
Tom Flynnis Executive Director of The Council for Secular Humanism, Editor of FreeInquiry magazine, Director of Inquiry Media Productions,and Director of the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum.
A journalist,novelist, entertainer, and freethought historian, Flynn is the author ofnumerous articles and editorials for Free Inquiry magazine.In addition to The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief, his books include twoanti-religious black comedy science fiction novels, Nothing Sacred(2004), its prequel Galactic Rapture (2000), and TheTrouble With Christmas (1993), a secularist critique of the holiday. Hehas made hundreds of radio and TV appearances in his role as the curmudgeonly”anti-Claus.” He designed the museum at the birthplace of 19thcentury agnostic orator Robert Green Ingersoll and co-conceived a relatedregional history project, the Freethought Trail.
Flynn’scredits as a media producer include new HDTV documentaries about Robert Ingersolland freethought publisher D. M. Bennett; the Council for Secular Humanism’scable access TV program The Humanist Perspective, which ran for morethan 300 episodes; a 13-part public affairs radio series distributed via theNational Public Radio satellite system; and Beyond Belief,a classic public-education video about skepticism.