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July 2, 2020

Tithe, Or Else Don’t forget: Today at 3pm ET, CFI’s Nick Little will take part in an online conversation with other freethought leaders about the horrendous Supreme Court decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. Point your browser right here. David L. Franklin at Slate writes how the Espinoza decision reveals how the Roberts …

‘This Is America’ and the Ambiguity of Memes
July 2, 2020

Misleading memes are a dime a dozen, to use a phrase originating in the 1800s (though today they’re not only free but available by the tens of thousands). People who spend time on social media interact with them constantly, usually in the context of reading, endorsing, and sharing them. Less often they’re refuted or mocked, …

CFI Kenya: Altruism Even at a Time of Economic Hardship during COVID-19
July 2, 2020

COVID-19 has changed the world completely. When China reported the first cases of the disease in the Wuhan province in early December 2019, many people did not know the virus would become a global pandemic and change the world entirely. With many people infected, a significant number of people dead, and new infections emerging daily, …

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News & Announcements

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 …

John de Lancie to Secular Graduates: VOTE! The World Needs You to Shape the Future
June 16, 2020

“Being secular is not a lapel pin. It’s a mission.” The class of 2020 is about to take its place in a turbulent world at a turning point of history, when the values of reason, science, and compassion are needed more than ever. For those graduating students who are secular—atheists, agnostics, humanists, and Nones—these trying …

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Press Releases

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. …

Prove Your Paranormal Powers and Win $250,000 from the CFI Investigations Group
June 26, 2020

Can you read other people’s thoughts? Can you move objects with your mind? Can you predict the future? More to the point, can you prove it? If you can, the Center for Inquiry Investigations Group will give you $250,000.  For two decades, CFIIG has offered those who profess to have supernatural, paranormal, or occult abilities the opportunity to definitively …

A New Urgency for ‘Cosmos’: Ann Druyan’s Possible Worlds in ‘Skeptical Inquirer’
June 17, 2020

The third season of the landmark television series Cosmos is set to debut this fall, an ode to “the twin engines of skepticism and wonder” that comes not a moment too soon. The soul of Cosmos: Possible Worlds is cocreator, writer, and director Ann Druyan, who brings her wisdom and insight to the latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer. “I was …