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Don’t Miss Tom Flynn’s Secular Southwest Tour This Month!

Tom FlynnTom Flynn, Executive Director of the Council for Secular Humanism and Editor of FREE INQUIRY magazine, is bringing his unique wit and insights on freethought and religion in politics and culture to the great Southwest.

Later this month, with dates in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona, Tom will give presentations on church-state separation, the demographics behind the “rise of the nones,” and, of course, what’s wrong with Christmas.

(See why Tom is also known as “the Anti-Claus”.)

The Lectures:

flynn_as_anticlaus“The Trouble with Christmas” Illustrated Edition

Tom Flynn has been recounting the history of the year-end holidays — and offering his rollicking rationale for why secular humanists should just sit out the merriment — since his book The Trouble with Christmas was published in 1993. Now, Tom has reconceived his talk as a lavish Power- Point presentation with almost 300 slides. He’ll probe where our most treasured holiday traditions came from — from the Christ Child to Santa Claus, from the wassail bowl to the tannenbaum — and ask whether there’s still time to send them all back. Don’t miss it!

“The Naked Public Square”

Think way, way beyond what current law allows—what kind of long-term future should American secularists strive for? A future defined by faith-based initiatives or a naked public square? One where religious expression resounds through public institutions and public spaces or where thoughtful people confine such things to the private realm? Tom Flynn offers a personal argument for why secularists should dream big and strive for a tomorrow where public spaces truly are “religion-free zones.” Agree or disagree, you won’t want to miss this engaging and provocative presentation.

“Who Are These Doubters, Anyway? The Demography of Unbelief”

You’ve seen the various religion polls and the reported percentages of unbelievers—and the polls vary widely. Which surveys are reliable? Which are skewed? In a lavishly illustrated presentation, Tom Flynn explores how sociologists and pollsters have measured—and mismeasured—religious belief and unbelief from the mid-twentieth century to today, complete with all the controversies and scandals. What do polls on religion really mean? (For example, how many of those “no religious preference” people are really atheists?)

The Dates:

OKLAHOMA CITY

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 7:00 P.M.
“The Trouble with Christmas”
Cosponsored by Oklahoma Atheists
University of Central Oklahoma Education Building
100 N. University Drive Edmond, OK 73034
For more info, visit www.oklahomaatheists.com

SAN ANTONIO

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 7:00 P. M.
"The Trouble with Christmas"
First Unitarian Universalist Church
7150 IH-10 West, San Antonio, Texas 78213
Cosponsored by Freethinkers Association of Central Texas (FACT)

AUSTIN

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 7:00 P.M.
“The Naked Public Square”
Cosponsored by Center for Inquiry–Austin
Old Quarry Branch Library
7051 Village Center
Austin, TX 78731
For more info, phone (512) 454-0977 or visit www.meetup.com/cfiaustin

FORT WORTH

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 7:00 P.M
“Who Are Those Doubters Anyway? The Demography of Unbelief”” Cosponsored by Humanists of Fort Worth Westside Unitarian Universalist Church 901 Page Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
For more info, visit www.meetup.com/ Humanists-of-Fort-Worth

ALBUQUERQUE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1:15 P.M.
“The Trouble with Christmas”
Cosponsored by Secular Humanists Meetup of New Mexico
Special Collections Library
423 Central Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
For more info, visit www.meetup.com/ SecularHumanists/

PHOENIX

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 10:00 A.M.
“The Trouble with Christmas”
Cosponsored by Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix
Humanist Community Center 627 W. Rio Salado Parkway Mesa, AZ 85201
For more info, visit www.hsgp.org

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The Council for Secular Humanism—housed at the Center for Inquiry—is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization promoting rational inquiry, secular values, and positive human development through the advancement of secular humanism. The Council, publisher of the bimonthly journal Free Inquiry, has a website at www.secularhumanism.org.

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