Contact: Nathan Bupp
AMHERST, N.Y. (November 16, 2005)—Secular humanism has become a lightning rod of late in the culture wars. The designation appears often in the conservative media, accompanied, unfortunately enough, by half-truths, mis-characterizations, and outright falsehoods. Conservative evangelicals and commentators constantly level intemperate attacks on humanism, blaming it for many of the ills of contemporary society. Case in point: Brannon Howse’s recent screed titled “One Nation Under Man.” Howse’s portrayals of secular humanism are completely unsubstantiated and highly inaccurate.
Spokespersons from the Council for Secular Humanism are eminently qualified to defend secular humanism and respond to its critics.
The Council for Secular Humanism, housed at the Center for Inquiry, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization and think tank that represents the views of millions of Americans—secular humanists, agnostics, and skeptics in religion.
Among the issues the Council’s spokespersons can provide commentary on:
Our arsenal of stimulating commentators and experts includes:
Dr. Paul Kurtz, the chairman and founder of the Council for Secular Humanism, Editor in Chief of Free Inquiry magazine, and professor emeritus of philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Kurtz has appeared on many national TV and radio programs, including CNN’s Larry King Live, MSNBC Investigates, Nightline, NBC News, BBC Radio, PAX’s Faith Under Fire, and NPR’s All Things Considered.
Dr. David Koepsell is an attorney, philosopher, and the executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism and First Amendment Task Force. He is admitted to practice in all New York State Courts, the Western and Southern District Federal Courts of New York, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Koepsell has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs including FOX’s Dayside with Linda Vester, The Abrams Report on MSNBC and Faith Under Fire.
Susan Jacoby, an award-winning independent scholar and writer, is the author of seven books, including Wild Justice: The Evolution of Revenge, a Pulitzer Prize nominee, and the recently published Freethinkers. She began her career as a reporter for The Washington Post and has contributed articles to numerous publications, including The New York Times , The Nation, AARP Bulletin, Vogue, Newsday, and TomPaine.com. She has lived in New York City for 30 years. Read more at www.susanjacoby.com.
To arrange interviews or bookings for media appearances with any of these experts please contact: Nathan Bupp, (716) 636-7571 x 218, or Lauren Becker, (716) 636-7571 x 219
The Council for Secular Humanism is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, located at the Center for Inquiry, 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 Web site at www.secularhumanism.org. The Center for Inquiry’s Web site is www.centerforinquiry.net