Tom Flynn is editor of Free Inquiry Magazine and director of the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum. He also directs traditional video operations at the Center for Inquiry. He is editor of The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief and author of three books: the science-fiction novels Galactic Rapture and Nothing Sacred and the polemic The Trouble With Christmas.
In this conversation with D.J. Grothe, Tom Flynn talks about the life of Robert Green Ingersoll, the 19th Century orator and freethinker. He explains Ingersoll’s views on religion, and his secular progressive outlook that he advanced as an alternative. He details Ingersoll’s role in GOP politics of the day, and explores his popularity on the national stage. He also discusses about the Council for Secular Humanism’s museum dedicated to the life of Robert Ingersoll.
Also in this episode, Ron Lindsay, the director of the Council for Secular Humanism’s First Amendment Task Force, responds to various issues related to comments made recently by Rep. Monique Davis (Democrat, Chicago) against the atheist activist Rob Sherman, and reiterates his recent call for her to resign.