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Proposed History Standards an Effort to Make Michigan Students Ignorant of Civil Rights and Climate Change
June 20, 2018

Press Releases

Climate change, LGBTQ Americans, a woman’s right to choose, and even democratic values are among the issues that conservatives in Michigan do not want mentioned in public school history classes, according to new social studies standards authored by a group of Republican state senators. Advocates for science and reason at the Center for Inquiry are …

Not Near Enough
June 20, 2018


Trump pulls the U.S. out of the U.N. Human Rights Council. Nikki Haley called the Council a “protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias.” I know you are, Ambassador, but what am I? In a rare, and I mean ever-so-rare bit of good news, the Collier County School Board in Naples, …

This Somber Wilderness of Rotting Paper
June 19, 2018


The Southern Poverty Law Center reverses itself and apologizes to Maajid Nawaz for including him on a list of anti-Muslim extremists, and has paid Nawaz’s organization the Quilliam Foundation $3.375 million to fund their work. SPLC president Richard Cohen writes: Among those who contacted us were human rights advocates affiliated with the United Nations who …

Say This With Pain
June 18, 2018


As the Trump administration uses the Bible to defend its policy of separating migrant children from their families, we call a big, big foul: Just imagine for a moment if an Attorney General cited the Quran as the basis for the Department of Justice’s detainment policies, or the Hindu Vedas, or even Dianetics or Harry …

Sessions’ Biblical Justification for Policy a Step Toward Theocracy
June 15, 2018

Press Releases

By using the Bible to justify the Justice Department’s immigrant detainment policy, Attorney General Jeff Sessions revealed his hostility toward the First Amendment and an embrace of Christian supremacy in America, said the Center for Inquiry (CFI). Likewise, the defense of Sessions’ remarks by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders showed a similar disregard for the Constitution …

Wow. Really Bible. Very Romans.
June 15, 2018


Unsurprisingly, yet horrifyingly, Jeff Sessions uses the Bible to justify separating immigrant parents from their children: Persons who violate the law of our nation are subject to prosecution. I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has …

DOJ Initiative Tells Religious Right: The Law Does Not Apply to You
June 14, 2018

Press Releases

The Center for Inquiry condemned a new initiative announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to encourage religious institutions to seek special exemptions from local zoning laws, sending the signal that the U.S. government sees religious belief as above the law. “This announcement makes it unmistakably clear that Attorney General Sessions views the Justice Department as …

Subpoena That Cat
June 14, 2018


Wow, yesterday was busy. Settle in, folks. Let’s say you’re a state. Not like a state of matter like a liquid or a gas, but a political and geographic entity within a federal republic, like, for example, the United States of America, just to name one at random. If you, the state in question—and for …

Secular Groups to N.C.: Stop $250K Payment to Christian Youth Ministry or Face Legal Action
June 13, 2018

Press Releases

North Carolina taxpayers will be forced to bankroll the proselytization of children to the tune of a quarter million dollars if a provision of the state budget is allowed to remain in place. The Center for Inquiry, along with the Freedom from Religion Foundation, have formally insisted that the state’s Secretary of Health and Human …

CFI Demands Release of Atheist Sherif Gaber, Reportedly Arrested in Egypt for Criticizing Religion
June 13, 2018

Press Releases

The Center for Inquiry called for the immediate release and pardon of atheist blogger and video producer Sherif Gaber, who is believed to have been arrested by Egyptian authorities on or about May 2, charged along with 27 others for allegedly attempting to overthrow the Egyptian government and “spreading false news.” Gaber, who writes and …