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Marine Vet to Sec. Wilkie: Stop Using VA to Promote Christianity
August 28, 2019

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Center for Inquiry Director of Government Relations, Jason Lemieux, decried the remarks of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, who told the Washington Times that VA hospitals were being “bullied” when asked not to display Bibles and other Christian symbols. Mr. Lemieux is a combat veteran who served three tours in Iraq as an infantryman with …

Violet is Unimpressed
August 28, 2019 ·


George Pyle, editorial editor at the Salt Lake Tribune, points out that the “tension” between individual rights and “religious liberty” is largely imaginary: … there never seems to be a concrete example of how making lesbians and gay men fully equal before the law does anything to harm anyone else’s fundamental freedoms, to a religious …

Skeptical Inquirer: In The Trenches against Fake Medicine
August 27, 2019

Press Releases

The Health Wars in a Special Expanded Issue Medical pseudoscience is rampant, promoted not only by obvious snake oil salesmen and self-help gurus promising all manner of cures from “natural” and “alternative” remedies, but even by vaunted institutions of legitimate science such as the World Health Organization and the National Geographic Society. In a special …

The Ballooning Human Swarm
August 27, 2019 ·


The Democratic National Committee has acknowledged the reality of their coalition and approved an official resolution recognizing the centrality of the nones in their midst: 1. [The DNC recognizes the] value, ethical soundness, and importance of the religiously unaffiliated demographic, a group of Americans who contribute in innumerable ways to the arts, sciences, medicine, business, …

Very Respectful and Completely Impious
August 26, 2019 ·


Ruth Margalit at The New Yorker looks at how Israel’s own religious right has ensnared much of civic life, and public education in particular: In the past decade, since Netanyahu came into power, Israeli society has undergone a process so transformative that a new Hebrew word had to be brought into use for it: “hadata,” …

An Equal Among Gods
August 23, 2019 ·


Is Donald Trump’s penchant for saying mind-blowingly awful/offensive/dangerous/ridiculous/dishonest/stupid things actually part of a devious strategy to distract us from “what’s really going on”? Benjamin Radford considers this position, and roundly rejects it. In Free Inquiry, Mark Kolsen introduces us to 18th-century American poet Philip Freneau, a figure whose atheism, Kolsen says, has been ignored. For …

Texas Messed with Us. We Will Mess Right Back.
August 22, 2019

News

When religious Americans get married, they can have their unions solemnized by an officiant who reflects their core beliefs and values. We believe that nonreligious Americans deserve that same right, which is why the Center for Inquiry trains and certifies Secular Celebrants and has waged and won groundbreaking legal victories in Indiana and Illinois that …

A Fair Number of Crooks
August 22, 2019 ·


The latest episode of our podcast Point of Inquiry has Jim Underdown talking to comedian Jerry Minor, who has worked on shows like SNL and Mr. Show, about leaving the Jehovah’s Witnesses and how that life influenced his comedy. A guy going by the name of Moses the Street Artist likes to leave big cutouts …

Do Not Ingest the Walls and Pavement
August 21, 2019 ·


The Washington Post reports on the quashing of CFI’s lawsuit in Texas to allow Secular Celebrants to solemnize marriages (which we intend to un-quash), speaking to several legal scholars who all seem to agree that the judge blew it, and that this could be huge: “It’s obviously unconstitutional because it gives a benefit to religious …

Urgent Pressure to Burst Out
August 20, 2019 ·


Texas messed with us. Our lawsuit to get the Lonestar State to allow Secular Celebrants to solemnize marriages has been rejected by a federal court. We have feelings about it, and, yes, we intend to MESS RIGHT BACK: “This decision has clarified one issue, and very starkly,” said [CFI’s Nick] Little. “If we referred to …