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CFI-West Launches Speaker Series With Madcap Holiday Event

The Center for Inquiry - West, Los Angeles based regional headquarters of the Council for Secular Humanism and CSICOP, launched its own Speaker Series on December 1 with a humorous debate between Christmas critic Tom Flynn and a certain jolly old elf. Santa Claus debated "Anti-Claus" at the LAX Airport Hilton. The grinchly Anti-Claus wore an almost-black Santa suit (where but in L.A. can you find one of those?). Playing old St. Nick, CFI Senior Development Officer James Kimberly was more traditionally costumed, from his bright red suit to the cigar and beer he clutched as he reeled into the debating hall. "We never promised a fair fight," Flynn said afterwards.

CFI-West's program is unique in that events are held not just in Los Angeles but all over southern California. Flynn had given a more restrained Anti-Claus talk in suburban Orange County the day before his L.A. debate. At press time, Flynn and SHB co-editor Tim Madigan were scheduled to expound on secular humanism to a San Diego audience during January, while skeptics Barry Karr and Joe Nickell speak in Orange County.

Additional events include a February debate between CFI-West Outreach Director Eddie Tabash and God; a March discussion of prostitution and sex moderated by Free Inquiry Senior Editor Vern Bullough; a special April Fools' event that highlights the psychology of deception; an April 17-20 sweep by Council for Secular Humanism executive director Matt Cherry, who'll visit each of CFI-West's four scattered lecture venues; and Skeptical Inquirer columnist Bob Sheaffer on UFOs in May.

For exact dates and details, contact Fritz Stevens, executive director, Center for Inquiry - West, 5521 Grosvenor Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90066. Telephone 310-306-2847.

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