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We All Won’t Make it to Heaven
July 9, 2020


Two abysmal Supreme Court decisions came down yesterday. One expanded the “ministerial exception” to the size of Cleveland, protecting religious organizations from civil suits over discrimination. UPI covered our response: “Religious groups, which control the vast majority of private schools, multiple private universities, and a growing number of medical facilities and hospitals, can now hire …

The Truth About Covid Parties
July 7, 2020


This is the seventh in a series of original articles on the Covid-19 pandemic by the Center for Inquiry as part of its Coronavirus Resource Center, created to help the public address the crisis with evidence-based information. Please check back periodically for updates and new information.  Recent rumors and news reports have circulated claiming that …

Jehovah’s Witnesses Adapt to the Pandemic
July 6, 2020


Now, I’m not so cold-hearted that I can’t see that this is a well-meaning, pretty well-written missive from one (anonymous) person to my mother. There’s nothing wrong or cruel about it at all, but there are a few problems.

First, my mother was already dead by the time the letter arrived…

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News & Announcements


TAKE ACTION: ALERT: Betsy DeVos Wants to Funnel COVID Money to Religious Schools
July 8, 2020

Dear Friend, Last week, we warned you that the Supreme Court’s egregious decision in Espinoza v. Montana Dept. of Revenue forces taxpayers to fund religious instruction in private schools throughout their state via school vouchers. Emboldened by this decision, Betsy DeVos and Donald Trump are prepared to jam a federally funded voucher scheme into Congress’s …

A National Defense Education Act for the 21st Century
July 1, 2020

The worsening COVID-19 crisis in the United States is attributable to several factors, not least of which is the abysmal response by the federal government and the outright denial and misinformation peddled by the President of the United States. But it is also undeniable that efforts at all levels to slow and stop the virus’s …

CFI Meets with White House Officials on Discrimination in Education
Office of Public Policy
July 1, 2020

On June 30, CFI’s Director of Government Affairs, Jason Lemieux, organized a joint meeting with the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to discuss a proposal that would allow religious organizations to discriminate against nonbelievers in federally funded education services. This is CFI’s second such meeting with White House officials on this and …

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Supreme Court’s Little Sisters Ruling Means Dogma Trumps Everything, Says Center for Inquiry
July 8, 2020

The Center for Inquiry denounced the Supreme Court’s decision today in the case of Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania, in which the Court ruled in favor of broad religious exemptions to the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act. CFI, which advocates for public policy based on science and secularism, decried the ruling for placing …

Center for Inquiry Denounces ‘Ridiculous’ SCOTUS Ministerial Exception Ruling for Teachers 
July 8, 2020

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) criticized the Supreme Court’s rulings in the twin cases of Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrisey-Berru and St. James School v. Biel as expanding the Ministerial Exception beyond all reasonable and sensible limits, and handing a carte blanche to religious organizations to discriminate free from government oversight. These cases referenced fifth grade teachers from private, …

Secular Advocates Denounce Supreme Court Decision Forcing Taxpayers to Pay for Religious Schooling
June 30, 2020

The Center for Inquiry condemned today’s Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue for forcing American taxpayers to pay for religious indoctrination, gutting the protections in both the United States Constitution and in No Aid Provisions of three-quarters of state constitutions that forbid the use of taxpayer dollars for religious purposes. …