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The Same Despised Category as Kings
January 24, 2020


Good morning. How would you like to feel even worse about the Espinoza v. Montana Supreme Court case that was argued on Tuesday? I got you covered. Here’s Monica Kristin Blair at the Post on how the push “school choice” is really about white flight: In addition to breaking down the separation of church and …

‘1917,’ War, and The Frailty of Knowledge
January 22, 2020


As advertised, the World War I film 1917 takes place in April 1917, when two British soldiers, William Schofield (George MacKay) and Tom Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), are rousted from a weary daytime slumber. They’re ordered to cross enemy territory (a no man’s land littered with death and decay) and deliver an urgent message to another …

Watching as the Supreme Court Vandalizes the Wall of Separation
January 22, 2020


The Supreme Court today heard oral arguments in the case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, marking what seems likely to be the next stage in the brick by brick dismantling Thomas Jefferson’s wall of separation between church and state. While waiting for the transcript of the oral arguments (and it seems possible that may …

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TAKE ACTION: “In God We Trust” Doesn’t Belong in Indiana Schools
January 14, 2020

Note: this legislation (SB131) was proposed in the Indiana State Senate. As such, only those who reside in the state of Indiana may contact their representatives through the form below. We apologize for any confusion and appreciate the support of our constituents throughout the United States.  In a gratuitous attempt to fill public schools with …

TAKE ACTION: End New Jersey’s Religious Exemption to Vaccination
December 18, 2019

Dear Friend of CFI, New Jersey’s Legislature is *this close* to ending the religious exemption to mandatory vaccination in school and child care. But the fight is not over yet. Assemblyman Herb Conaway, Jr., and Senators Loretta Weinberg and Joseph Vitale introduced legislation (A3818 and S2173, respectively) to strike this harmful exemption from New Jersey’s public …

CFI Leads Secular Groups in Meeting with Federal Agencies on Anti-Discrimination Rules
Office of Public Policy
December 10, 2019

CFI’s Director of Government Affairs, Jason Lemieux, organized a meeting on November 25 with staff at the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). We had come to discuss our serious concerns with pending regulations that would remove protections against religious discrimination in services provisioned …

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Trump “Religious Freedom” Rules Encourage Discrimination and Intimidation, says Center for Inquiry
January 16, 2020

The Trump administration took a battering ram to the wall of separation between church and state today with two separate directives that encourage and legitimize religiously based intimidation and discrimination.  The White House announced that federally funded organizations would be given a sweeping license to discriminate in employment and in the provision of services, and declared that …

The Undercounted Nones: ‘Free Inquiry’ on America’s Overlooked Atheists
January 15, 2020

Survey after survey shows that the religiously unaffiliated are growing as a share of the American population, but a closer look suggests that the “Nones” aren’t just rising, they’re dominating. In the latest issue of Free Inquiry, the leading journal of secular humanism, Gregory S. Paul digs into the data and finds that atheists, agnostics, and …

Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right, Secular Groups Tell SCOTUS in Case of Muslim American Persecution
January 13, 2020

Muslim Americans persecuted by law enforcement deserve justice, the Center for Inquiry told the Supreme Court in a joint amicus brief, but warned that providing financial restitution through the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is misguided, dangerous, and unconstitutional.  Today the Center for Inquiry (CFI) and American Atheists (AA) filed a jointly written amicus brief with …