The Same Despised Category as Kings
January 24, 2020

Good morning. How would you like to feel even worse about the Espinoza v. Montana Supreme Court case that was argued on Tuesday? I got you covered. Here’s Monica Kristin Blair at the Post on how the push “school choice” is really about white flight: In addition to breaking down the separation of church and …

Excommunicate Me
January 23, 2020

Ed Powers at The Independent memorializes Terry Jones, here looking at his approach to the film Life of Brian: His target – and it’s hard to imagine the historic Jesus objecting – were the frauds cashing in on the public’s credulity. Hence his enduring bafflement that anyone could consider Life of Brian blasphemous. “The definition …

The Great Foot Has Come Down
January 22, 2020

That bonkers case from Montana, in which religious schools seek to resurrect a dead law so that they can gobble up taxpayer funding, will be argued before the Supreme Court today. Here’s what we said about it when we filed our amicus brief in November: Religious liberty is imperiled in this case. But this case …

An Immense Amount of Ignorant Familiarity
January 21, 2020

Citing the work of CFI and other advocacy groups, Paul Rosenberg at Salon looks at the efforts to push back against Christian nationalist policy being pushed by Trump and in the states: [T]he battle to reclaim the true meaning of religious freedom has inextricably become increasingly central to the 2020 election, and to the political …

Something a Serial Killer Would Say
January 17, 2020

The Trump administration says it’s going to remove Obama-era protections from discrimination for organizations getting federal funding, all in the name of “religious liberty,” and will, in effect, intimidate public schools over whether they are friendly to prayer in school and allowing religious groups to have access to school facilities. It’s a big, stinking, bucket …

Trump “Religious Freedom” Rules Encourage Discrimination and Intimidation, says Center for Inquiry
January 16, 2020

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The Trump administration took a battering ram to the wall of separation between church and state today with two separate directives that encourage and legitimize religiously based intimidation and discrimination.  The White House announced that federally funded organizations would be given a sweeping license to discriminate in employment and in the provision of services, and declared that …

The Aura of Edginess
January 16, 2020

Good morning! Let’s feel bad. New Jersey’s legislature gave into anti-vaxxer pressure and scuttled a bill to end religious exemptions. (They say they’ll try again.) Gallup releases dispiriting numbers about the public acceptance of vaccines, as reported by Gizmodo: Only 84 percent of people agreed that childhood vaccination was extremely or very important, the poll …

The Undercounted Nones: ‘Free Inquiry’ on America’s Overlooked Atheists
January 15, 2020

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Survey after survey shows that the religiously unaffiliated are growing as a share of the American population, but a closer look suggests that the “Nones” aren’t just rising, they’re dominating. In the latest issue of Free Inquiry, the leading journal of secular humanism, Gregory S. Paul digs into the data and finds that atheists, agnostics, and …

I Can’t Hear You, I Have Seeds in My Ears
January 15, 2020

I’m back, after a Flu to End All Flus. A Paulfluenza. Influenzageddon. Fluclear bomb. Anyway, it was bad. CFI is joining with American Atheists, Black Nonbelievers, and Ex-Muslims of North America in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court urging them not to further inflate the scope of RFRA by using it as a means …

Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right, Secular Groups Tell SCOTUS in Case of Muslim American Persecution
January 13, 2020

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Muslim Americans persecuted by law enforcement deserve justice, the Center for Inquiry told the Supreme Court in a joint amicus brief, but warned that providing financial restitution through the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is misguided, dangerous, and unconstitutional.  Today the Center for Inquiry (CFI) and American Atheists (AA) filed a jointly written amicus brief with …