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Expelled founder Paul Kurtz explains his departure from the Center for Inquiry

October 2, 2010 | By | 14 Replies More
Expelled founder Paul Kurtz explains his departure from the Center for Inquiry

On May 18, 2010 the Center for Inquiry, the Council for Secular Humanism and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry jointly announced that they had accepted the resignation of Paul Kurtz from each of these boards. Kurtz, who had founded each of these three organizations, had been serving on each of the boards, and as well as serving as Chair Emeritus of CSH and as Editor in Chief of CSH’s flagship publication, Free Inquiry. In the joint announcement, the boards recognized Dr. Kurtz for his “decades of service to the Council for Secular Humanism, the Center for Inquiry (CFI), and its other affiliates.” This same announcement also contained the following statement:

At Paul Kurtz’s behest, CFI and its affiliates began years ago to organize a leadership transition. Moreover, in recent years the board had concerns about Dr. Kurtz’s day-to-day management of the organization.

As a long-time subscriber to Free Inquiry and Skeptical Inquirer, I was familiar with many of the writings of Paul Kurtz, but I had never before spoken with him or corresponded with him. As a result of reading his articles at Free Inquiry, I was also aware that there was internal tension at those organizations (e.g., see here , here, and here).

After reading about his resignation, I emailed a short note to Mr. Kurtz to wish him well in light of the announcement of his resignation. I also asked him whether he would allow me to interview him with regard to the announcement. He agreed:

[Note: CFI’s CEO Ron Lindsay responded to the following interview of Paul Kurtz here.]

EV: To what extent was your resignation from the Center for Inquiry voluntary?

PK: It was done voluntarily, but under great duress.

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EV: What were your titles and job duties prior to your resignation.

PK: I founded the modern skeptics movement and sustained it for over three and a half decades. I had been the Chairman of the Center for Inquiry, the Council for Secular Humanism and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. In June, 2008, I was made “Emeritus” and stripped of any authority. Since 1980, I was Editor-in-Chief for Free Inquiry, but starting in June 2008, I no longer had any authority. I never received any compensation working for these organizations. I worked as a volunteer, living off savings I accrued while working as a philosophy professor. In fact, my wife and I donated more than $2 million dollars over the years to CFI, CSH and CSI. We were the second largest donors to these organizations. Over the years, I helped to raise over $40 million for the Center for Inquiry.

EV: I saw the announcement of your resignation in the August/September, 2010 issue of Free Inquiry. Why didn’t you publish any explanation regarding your resignation in Free Inquiry?

PK: Tom Flynn and the CFI Board refused to run my letter of resignation in Free Inquiry or any of the Websites of CFI. It was censorship, clear and simple. I was censored four times, beginning in June 2008.

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Swine flu cartoons

October 24, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
Swine flu cartoons

Cagle Cartoons has a big batch of swine flu cartoons ready to be viewed (after you sanitize your keyboard).

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Homegrown Cartoons

September 3, 2008 | By | Reply More
Homegrown Cartoons

Back in the mid-1980’s, two graduates of Mercy High School (located in University City, Missouri) drew deeply on that Catholic education and decided to get together every week or so in order to create cartoons.   Whew!  That was more than twenty years ago.  Our plan was to make cartoons so insightful and/or funny that publishers […]

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More Cartoons

July 12, 2008 | By | 1 Reply More
More Cartoons

RJ Matson, Roll Call Mike Lester, The Rome News-Tribune Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune Postura Climatica Tab, The Calgary Sun The G-8 Dario Castillejos, El Imparcial de México Televictim Angel Boligan, El Universal, Mexico City [Admin note:  All Cartoons are being published at DI with full permission by Cagle Cartoons]

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More Cartoons . . .

May 24, 2008 | By | Reply More
More Cartoons . . .

Hero of the Beach RJ Matson, The New York Observer Classical Gas John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri Press and Money Ares, Caglecartoons.com Energy Domino Effect Petar Pismestrovic, Kleine Zeitung, Austria The Boss Angel Boligan, Cagle Cartoons, El Universal, Mexico City [All cartoons published with the permission of Cagle Cartoons]

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Cartoons!

May 19, 2008 | By | Reply More
Cartoons!

Traditional American Family Nate Beeler, The Washington Examiner McCain the Maverick Keefe, The Denver Post Untapped Natural Resources Nate Beeler, The Washington Examiner Oso Cheney Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News [Amenazados = threats] [All cartoons reprinted with the permission of Cagle Cartoons.]

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Cartoons!

March 24, 2008 | By | Reply More
Cartoons!

Drug War Arcadio Esquivel, La Prensa, Panama, www.caglecartoons.com     Soldier Readiness Processing Mike Keefe, The Denver Post     Money No Good Mike Lester – The Rome News-Tribune   Heck of a job, economy RJ Matson, The St. Louis Post Dispatch   Barbed Wire China Olympics Alen Lauzan Falcon, Caglecartoons.com   Ambivalence Ares, Caglecartoons.com […]

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More cartoons from around the world

January 26, 2008 | By | 3 Replies More
More cartoons from around the world

Note from Erich:  DI has a purchased a license from Cagle Cartoons to publish these cartoons.  We are proud to support the work of these cartoonists. I thought I’d mention a bit more about Cagle.   It is an organization owned by cartoonists for the benefit of cartoonists.  Cagle publishes the works of hundreds of cartoonists from around […]

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Cartoons

January 21, 2008 | By | Reply More
Cartoons

More cartoons from around the world.   Note:  DI is proud to support these artists through our subscription through Cagle Cartoons.  All cartoons are reprinted with full permission. Contaminación fatal col Arcadio Esquivel, La Prensa, Panama                   Metamorphosis Angel Boligan, Cagle Cartoons, El Universal, Mexico City   Two Iraqi Children Emad Hajjaj, Jordan

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