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Supernatural Tactics
December 11, 2018

The American Humanist Association works with Lake Research Partners to produce a survey that purports to show that atheism isn’t the candidacy-killer it once was. There are a some qualifications to be made, of course: For prochoice, pro-marriage-equality Democratic voters, fully 74 percent of whom saying a candidate being “not religious” or “agnostic” would make …

Stop Misusing Science To Bolster Religious Fables
December 6, 2018

Christmas season is upon us. (I recognize I’m late in noting this. For retailers it started immediately after Halloween.) This season brings forth many familiar experiences—familiar because they recur every year: festive decorations, foraging for parking spots, Tom Flynn at work on Christmas Day, and an essay in a newspaper/on the internet attempting to explain …

The ‘Growing’ and ‘Common’ Threat of Something We Have Little Data On
December 5, 2018

In a recent article in The New York Times, Sharon Otterman describes cyber flashing, in which objectionable images are shared anonymously to random available mobile devices using the AirDrop platform, as “a growing trend of technology-enabled sexual harassment,” though she later notes that “Danielle Citron, a professor of law at the University of Maryland and …

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News & Announcements

TAKE ACTION: Acupuncture is a Scam. Don’t Let Michigan License It!
December 11, 2018

Dear Friend of CFI Michigan, Very soon, the Michigan House of Representatives will vote on legislation (SB 683) that permits the licensure of acupuncturists in the state. Acupuncture is one of the most popular pseudoscientific sham treatments. This is despite a mountain of randomized controlled trials showing that acupuncture is ineffective in treating any known …

TAKE ACTION: Protect the Johnson Amendment!
December 4, 2018

Dear Friend, Earlier this year, you helped us protect the Johnson Amendment from repeal by the religious right. But the fight isn’t over yet. The Johnson Amendment is the federal law that prevents nonprofit organizations, such as churches and groups like the Center for Inquiry, from endorsing candidates for political office. If the Johnson Amendment were …

TAKE ACTION: Stop the ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Ban in Ohio! (Ohio Residents)
November 14, 2018

The Ohio House has scheduled a vote on one of the most restrictive abortion bills in recent years — and the Center for Inquiry (CFI) needs your help to prevent it from becoming law. The so-called “Heartbeat Bill” seeks to prohibit all abortions from the moment a fetus’ heartbeat can be detected, which usually occurs approximately six weeks into a pregnancy.

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Press Releases

Texas Secular Wedding Celebrants Challenge Religious Privilege in Solemnizing Marriages
November 6, 2018

In a lawsuit filed Monday with a U.S. District Court, the Center for Inquiry (CFI) is challenging Texas’s marriage law, which limits the authority to solemnize marriages to clergy and certain government officials. By granting this unconstitutional privilege to religion, the state is denying its nonreligious residents the opportunity to have their unions formalized by a …

CFI fears Supreme Court will use Maryland Cross case to breach wall of separation
Office of Public Policy
November 5, 2018

In an ominous sign that the wall between government and religion may soon be dismantled, the Center for Inquiry (CFI) expressed its alarm that the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday said it would hear an appeal involving a Christian war memorial on public land.

Trump Officials Callously Using Pittsburgh Massacre to Demonize Nonreligious, Advance Christian Privilege
October 30, 2018

The Trump administration’s response to the worst act of anti-Semitic violence in U.S. history has been disgraceful, said the Center for Inquiry, taking the president and his lieutenants to task for their eagerness to falsely assign blame to the nonreligious. On Saturday, a white nationalist, radicalized Christian man massacred eleven Jewish men and women at …