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Unbundled
December 14, 2018


Michael Gerson: Republican, conservative, former George W. Bush speechwriter, humanist. Wait, what? Most Western societies, including the United States, have reached the stage of secularism without humanism. Our greatest efforts are spent on getting and keeping. Our defining creed is consumerism. … What we need is a revival of humanism. This need not be secular humanism …

“Playboy” with Joe Nickell et al.: “Having Sex with Spirits”
December 13, 2018


What is it with people “having sex with spirits”? And what would Joe Nickell and Chris French know about it? For answers we turn to an article by Mark Hay for playboy.com (July 16, 2018). Of course tales of phantom sex hark back to “ancient Sumerian myths to the Bible to still extant beliefs in …

The Atheist AND Christian War on Christmas
December 12, 2018


I happen to think the “War on Christmas” is a hyped-up Fox News (sic) creation that lines up nicely with the rest of their business model: convince the American public that something dear to them is in imminent danger of being ripped from their bosoms – so they’ll keep watching… Fox News.

The rippers are, variously, the liberals, Hillary Clinton, socialism, Nancy Pelosi, the left, Hillary Clinton, the atheists, Barak Obama, everyone in California, and Hillary Clinton.

But this war is really more like a highly localized skirmish, and there is at least a little blame to go around for people being uptight during this time of year. So here I will attempt to straighten things out with some frank talk to both the Christians who think Satan’s minions (and Hillary) are trying to put a halt to everything Christmas, and to the atheists who become enraged every time they see Santa Claus.

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Not a Follower.

News & Announcements


D.C. Government Backs Down from Privileging Churches After Warning Letter from CFI
Office of Public Policy
December 12, 2018

Today, CFI is pleased to announce that the District of Columbia government reversed a recent proposal that would have privileged religious institutions by charging them a lower water services fee than other nonprofit organizations. The Center for Inquiry sent a letter on December 4 warning the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority that special treatment for …

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 …

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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 …