“Church, State, and Blasphemy Rights: a Year-End Summary”
By Tom Flynn, Executive Director of the Council for Secular Humanism
On this day in 1791, the Bill of Rights was ratified. Tom Flynn will provide a secular humanist perspective on the state of civil rights 222 years later. He will present a year-end survey on church-state separation and blasphemy-rights issues, summarizing where things stand on the most significant ongoing lawsuits around the country and examining challenges to the freedom to criticize religion/blasphemy rights domestically and worldwide. This talk is jointly sponsored with the Baltimore Secular Humanists (http://wash.org/bsh) and the Maryland chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State (http://au-md.org).
Tom Flynn is executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism and editor of its magazine, Free Inquiry, the nation’s largest-circulation secular humanist journal. He is an outspoken secular humanist activist. He cofounded the newsletter Secular Humanist Bulletin and designed the museum at the birthplace of 19th century agnostic orator Robert Green Ingersoll in Dresden, New York. He has written or edited four published books: a 1993 polemic, The Trouble With Christmas, two irreverent science fiction novels, and (as editor) The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief.