Introduction

Tom Flynn

What’s your name again? Pandora, you say. Nice to meet you. Lovely box you have there. Mind if I look inside?

In all the years that Council for Secular Humanism founder Paul Kurtz was Free Inquiry’s editor in chief, there was only one article of mine that he killed. It was 1991, and I’d written a short opinion piece criticizing the United Nations General Assembly for revoking its 1975 Resolution 3379 rebuking Zionism as “a form of racism and racial discrimination." Paul rejected it, and when I asked him why, he said that he was fearful of how readers would respond. Since then, Free Inquiry may have taken too little notice of the complex, unfolding tragedy in the Middle East—in later years, at least, not by conscious policy but rather by happenstance.

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