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Man Up and Slit My Throat with a Knife
September 24, 2018


The Catholic Church is looking to compromise with the bad guys in order to get into China (cough-Google-cough): Pope Francis has agreed to recognize Catholic bishops chosen by the Chinese government (what??) in exchange for some input into the process or something. (Sounds like a really solid deal you got there, Francis.) Ian Johnson at …

Secrets at Oak Island
September 24, 2018

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Among great “unsolved” enigmas is that of a supposed treasure, often called the Money Pit mystery. The site is a shaft or shafts on Oak Island in Nova Scotia’s Mahone Bay, allegedly dating to before 1795. I dared to trespass there in 1999 (ironically after speaking at a forensic conference in New Brunswick), talking my …

Sonnet for Inquiry
September 20, 2018


Last weekend, I went to the Religion Newswriters Association Conference in Columbus, Ohio to shill for the Center for Inquiry before the assembled journalists on the God-beat. Although I hadn’t been to one of these in a couple of years, I’m still pretty much a known quantity over there. And by that, I mean that …

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News & Announcements


CFI Kenya Helps Little Feet Take Big Strides
September 17, 2018

There are a number of battles being fought over children’s education in the U.S., deeply frustrating conflicts over such fundamental concepts as evolution, climate change, and even basic facts of history. Imagine, then, the challenge faced by children in a country like Kenya, where the worry is not that students will be taught creationist myths …

August 2018 Office of Public Policy Update
Office of Public Policy
September 4, 2018

In August 2018, CFI’s Office of Public Policy engaged policymakers on the following issues:

Center for Inquiry Joins 36 Organizations in Letter to Senate Opposing Kavanaugh
August 28, 2018

The following letter was sent to the U.S. Senate from the Center for Inquiry and 36 other inter-faith and religious liberty organizations. August 27, 2018 Dear Senator: The undersigned 37 national faith-based, nontheist, and religious liberty organizations share a commitment to individual freedom and the separation of religion and government, two of the tenets on …

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Congressional Freethought Caucus Tells Senate Judiciary Committee to Reject Kavanaugh Nomination
Office of Public Policy
September 7, 2018

On Thursday, the Congressional Freethought Caucus urged the Senate Committee on the Judiciary to reject the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Jason Lemieux, CFI’s Director of Government Affairs, played a key role in informing the Caucus about the danger to church-state separation posed by Kavanaugh’s nomination. Lemieux has met with offices in both chambers of Congress to make clear the vital importance of the secular principles put at risk by Kavanaugh’s nomination.

The Kavanaugh Court and Extreme Patriotism – Free Inquiry Takes on Humanists’ Existential Threats
September 5, 2018

The premier journal of secular humanist thought enters the political fray as the Senate begins its hearings on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a timely and salient special issue of Free Inquiry, freethought leaders address the existential threat to church-state separation represented by Kavanaugh, and a powerful case is …

Labor Department’s Religious Liberty Rule is a Directive to Discriminate
August 16, 2018

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) condemned the Department of Labor (DOL)’s new Directive regarding religious exemptions for government contractors as a further example of religious privilege being used to impose real harms on Americans. According to the Directive from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), which supervises federal contractors and subcontractors to ensure …