Last updated on: 2/4/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Paul Kurtz, PhD Biography

Title:
Founder and Chairman of Council for Secular Humanism
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“I am afraid that this battle will not go away and that the challenge to defend secularism—even the integrity of freedom of inquiry and science—will be ongoing. Remember, Michael Newdow’s challenge to ‘under God’ in the pledge of allegiance could find no friends in the United States Congress. The public square is no longer ‘naked,’ but seethes with religiosity and piety—what a shift in the attitudes of public officials, none of whom dare to defend the right of dissent.”

Free Inquiry, Jan. 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and Chairman, Center for Inquiry, 1991-present
  • Founder and Chairman, Council for Secular Humanism, 1980-present
  • Editor in Chief, Free Inquiry, 1980-present
  • Founder and Chairman, Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, 1976-present
  • Founder and Chairman, Prometheus Books, 1966-present
  • Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University at Buffalo (SUNY)
  • Chancellor Charles P. Norton Medal, University at Buffalo (SUNY), 2001
  • International Rationalist Award, Rationalist International, 2000
  • International Humanist Award, International Humanist and Ethical Union, 1999
  • Co-Chairman, International Humanist and Ethical Union, 1986-1994
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Education:
  • PhD, Philosophy, Columbia University, 1952
  • MA, Philosophy, Columbia University, 1949
  • BA, Economics, Political Science, and Philosophy, New York State University, 1948
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is the United States a Monotheistic (One God) State?