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The World’s Saddest Baby Mobile
December 11, 2019 ·

Greta Thunberg is Time‘s Person of the Year. For me, personally, she’s World President. Stuart Vyse at Skeptical Inquirer wrestles with the whole atheists-are-smarter-but-believers-are-happier thing, and concludes that either way you look at it, you have a “mixed blessing”: … according to the evidence, atheism appears to be a choice to be sadder but wiser, …

Yes Virginia, We Still Have A Library …
December 9, 2019 ·

One program of the Center for Inquiry (CFI) you may or may not be aware of is the Center for Inquiry Libraries (http://www.cfilibraries.org/). While being around (formally) since 1995 and having world-class collections in skepticism, humanism, freethought, atheism, the occult, and the paranormal, the Libraries are more of a “behind the scenes” program at CFI. …

‘Epstein’s Enablers’: Debunking a Bogus Social Media Post
December 4, 2019 ·

A recent Facebook post by a friend-of-a-friend named Gary about Jeffrey Epstein featured a black and white montage of a dozen people he identified as “Some of his friends and enablers.” The photos weren’t captioned, and it wasn’t clear who all of them were, so it piqued my curiosity. With a little research I tracked …

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News & Announcements

CFI Leads Secular Groups in Meeting with Federal Agencies on Anti-Discrimination Rules
Office of Public Policy
December 10, 2019

CFI’s Director of Government Affairs, Jason Lemieux, organized a meeting on November 25 with staff at the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). We had come to discuss our serious concerns with pending regulations that would remove protections against religious discrimination in services provisioned …

CFI Urges Supreme Court: Keep Montana Tax Dollars Out of Religious Schools
November 14, 2019

A Montana Supreme Court decision upholding church-state separation and rejecting the use of a state tax credit program to pay for religious school education is now under threat in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The question before the high court is whether Montana must fund religious schools when a state benefit flows to secular schools. …

TAKE ACTION: Honor Carl Sagan by Helping Protect Science in Policymaking
November 11, 2019

Dear Friend of CFI, Did you know that this past Saturday was Carl Sagan Day? Born November 9, 1934, Carl Sagan was an extraordinary astronomer and science communicator who inspired millions with the wonders of science and helped to found the skepticism movement and what would become the Center for Inquiry. To honor his memory, …

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Press Releases

Facebook’s reporting system being used to suppress religious freedom, says bipartisan Congressional letter
December 6, 2019

A joint release of the Center for Inquiry, the Secular Coalition for America, and Ex-Muslims of North America. Facebook faced accusations this morning of enabling censorship on their platform through a letter from Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA), co-signed by Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Susan Wild (D-PA), and Paul Gosar (R-AZ). Huffman, a co-chair and founding …

Louisiana Abortion Opponents Weaponizing Religion Against Women, CFI tells Supreme Court
December 3, 2019

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is urging the Supreme Court to recognize and reject a transparently cynical ploy by Louisiana politicians to impose draconian abortion restrictions on women in the state. In the case of June Medical Services LLC v. Gee, abortion opponents are resurrecting previously refuted tactics from Texas’s landmark abortion case, falsely claiming that their …

No, America is Still Not a Christian Nation: A Myth Comprehensively Quashed in ‘Free Inquiry’
November 19, 2019

A conservative pastor recently gained attention for posting a video of himself in which he burns a book refuting the myth of America’s founding as a so-called “Christian nation,” a myth that religious conservatives seem determined to uphold no matter the historical facts. In defiance of the itchy Zippo fingers of Christian nationalists, the latest …