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This Somber Wilderness of Rotting Paper
June 19, 2018


The Southern Poverty Law Center reverses itself and apologizes to Maajid Nawaz for including him on a list of anti-Muslim extremists, and has paid Nawaz’s organization the Quilliam Foundation $3.375 million to fund their work. SPLC president Richard Cohen writes: Among those who contacted us were human rights advocates affiliated with the United Nations who …

Crucifixion Evidence Debunks Turin “Shroud”
June 18, 2018


As if there were not already enough evidence debunking the Shroud of Turin—the historical record, a forger’s confession, tempera paint, multiple carbon-dating tests—now new evidence further discredits the authenticity of the reputed burial cloth of Jesus. The new finding—the 2000-year-old skeletal remains of a crucified Roman—was reported on Live Science (Metcalfe 2018). The article (June …

Say This With Pain
June 18, 2018


As the Trump administration uses the Bible to defend its policy of separating migrant children from their families, we call a big, big foul: Just imagine for a moment if an Attorney General cited the Quran as the basis for the Department of Justice’s detainment policies, or the Hindu Vedas, or even Dianetics or Harry …

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TAKE ACTION: Don’t Let Naturopaths Take Free Rein in Michigan!
June 18, 2018

Dear Friend of CFI-Michigan,

On May 17, the Michigan Senate passed legislation that allows naturopaths great latitude in diagnosing and treating serious medical conditions. It’s up to us to stop this bill in the Michigan House of Representatives.

TAKE ACTION: Stop Congress from Undermining the Johnson Amendment!
June 13, 2018

Earlier this year, you helped us protect the Johnson Amendment from being repealed in the “tax reform” bill. But the fight isn’t over yet.

It Gives Me a New Strength: A Secular Rescue Success Story
June 11, 2018

Secular Rescue is a program of the Center for Inquiry that identifies those writers, activists, and everyday citizens in countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Iraq who live under the threat of violence and death. Secular Rescue then provides financial and diplomatic assistance to help these courageous freethinkers escape to safety so they can continue …

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Sessions’ Biblical Justification for Policy a Step Toward Theocracy
June 15, 2018

By using the Bible to justify the Justice Department’s immigrant detainment policy, Attorney General Jeff Sessions revealed his hostility toward the First Amendment and an embrace of Christian supremacy in America, said the Center for Inquiry (CFI). Likewise, the defense of Sessions’ remarks by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders showed a similar disregard for the Constitution …

DOJ Initiative Tells Religious Right: The Law Does Not Apply to You
June 14, 2018

The Center for Inquiry condemned a new initiative announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to encourage religious institutions to seek special exemptions from local zoning laws, sending the signal that the U.S. government sees religious belief as above the law. “This announcement makes it unmistakably clear that Attorney General Sessions views the Justice Department as …

Secular Groups to N.C.: Stop $250K Payment to Christian Youth Ministry or Face Legal Action
June 13, 2018

North Carolina taxpayers will be forced to bankroll the proselytization of children to the tune of a quarter million dollars if a provision of the state budget is allowed to remain in place. The Center for Inquiry, along with the Freedom from Religion Foundation, have formally insisted that the state’s Secretary of Health and Human …