Contributions

A Lingering Obstacle
July 5, 2018


Whoa, atheist activist Sherif Gaber, who you’ll remember was reported arrested as part of an Egyptian dragnet of dissidents back in May, unexpectedly posts a new video. He doesn’t say anything about what happened to him or where he is, but he does talk about why he keeps up his work. Remember Halliburton? Remember when …

Many Exploitative Schemes
July 3, 2018


Oh great, yesterday was World UFO Day and I didn’t get you anything. Kyle Mizokami at Popular Mechanics marks the occasion with a look at, well, where the hell all the aliens are: Every single day, hundreds of millions of people are carrying a high quality camera in their pockets but there has been no …

Requiem for an Octopus
July 2, 2018


Bertha Vazquez, director of our Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science, is the guest on Cara Santa Maria’s podcast Talk Nerdy. CFI is a signatory to this joint statement to the UN Human Rights Council on Mauritania’s use of the death penalty for blasphemy and the imprisonment of a journalist. Rob Wile at the Miami Herald …

Greased Slippery Slope
June 29, 2018


With Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, Hemant Mehta warns that if Trump appoints someone who will help overturn Roe v. Wade, “white evangelicals should be aware that this will come back to bite them in the ass.” The Supreme Court declines to hear a case about the Rowan County Board of Commissioners in North Carolina and their practice …

The Gorge Rises Like Vesuvius Unbound
June 28, 2018


Anthony Kennedy is done, and so I guess are we all. Our statement about what comes next: Raising another Alito or Gorsuch to the bench for a lifetime appointment will fundamentally reshape the Court for many years to come, and it will be at the expense of women, racial and religious minorities, the LGBTQ community, …

Kennedy’s Exit Could Entrench Religious Privilege and Discrimination, Warns Center for Inquiry
June 27, 2018

Press Releases

The last bulwark against religious privilege and oppression has fallen with the announced retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, warned the Center for Inquiry today, urging the U.S Senate to ensure that whoever President Trump chooses to replace him will not work to turn back the clock on hard-won civil rights. “Raising another Alito or Gorsuch …

Drake-Like Equations
June 27, 2018


The Supreme Court totally blows it. They upheld Trump’s Muslim ban, pretending that there’s nothing overtly discriminatory about it. Yeah, um, no. From our statement: This ban is about religious discrimination, and to claim otherwise is completely absurd. [. . . ] Chief Justice Roberts is a brilliant man who is playing dumb. He knows …

Supreme Court “Playing Dumb” by Ignoring Religious Bigotry of Muslim Ban
June 26, 2018

Press Releases

In upholding President Trump’s ban on travelers from certain Muslim-majority nations today, the Supreme Court’s majority is willfully ignoring the obvious xenophobic, anti-Muslim hostility upon which the ban was based, said the Center for Inquiry. An organization that advances reason, science, and secularism, CFI has staunchly opposed the president’s Muslim ban since its earliest inception …

However, This is Ridiculous
June 26, 2018


With their feet obviously in a punting mood, the Supreme Court declines to hear the case of a florist who refused wedding services to a same-sex couple because of her religious beliefs. After Sarah Huckabee Sanders is refused service at a restaurant because of the proprietor’s objections to Trump administration policies, conservatives decide that this …

Dumb-dumbs
June 25, 2018


Last week we debuted a new weekly column by CFI West director (and actor and comedian) Jim Underdown, Ask the Atheist, an opportunity for believers to get some straight answers along with some jokes, like all good secularist blogs, ahem ahem. Since Jim is way out in Los Angeles, maybe he can stop by BOTI …