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CFI Mourns the Death of Paul Kurtz, Its Founder
October 22, 2012

News

The Center for Inquiry marks with great sadness the passing of Paul Kurtz, founder and longtime chair of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, the Council for Secular Humanism, and the Center for Inquiry, who died at the age of 86. A philosopher, activist, and author, Kurtz was for a half-century among the most significant and impactful figures in the humanist and skeptic movements.

“Nones” to Argue for Equality in Solemnizing Marriages in Indiana Court
October 19, 2012

Press Releases

Arguments in a court case that will decide the equality of Indiana’s nonreligious in the solemnizing of marriages will be heard Monday at 10 am ET in Indianapolis. In May of this year, the Center for Inquiry (CFI) filed a complaint in US District Court challenging a state law that privileges religio

Now Pork-Free!
October 19, 2012


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CFI’s Michael De Dora heralds the news that a bloc of Islamic nations is dropping is efforts to lobby the UN to adopt binding blasphemy laws, but cautions:

. . . concerned secularists should not sit back and relax. As evidenced in the Center for Inquiry’s new report “Dissent Denied,” many countries around the world simply international agreements and have in place blasphemy laws that punish innocent people for victimless crimes. But also, the OIC has signaled that, instead of pushing for a blasphemy ban, it will appeal to member states to apply hate speech laws to criticism of religion. 

Speaking of free expression, Michael joined the panel on HuffPost Live to talk about Twitter’s recent censoring of a neo-Nazi group in Germany.

Center for Inquiry Opens Executive Office in Washington, DC
October 18, 2012

News

This month, CFI officially opened its new Washington executive offices, which will also be the headquarters for our Office of Public Policy and CFI’s local branch, Center for Inquiry-Washington, DC.

The Folly of Phrenology, Celebrity Psychics, and the Singularity Exposed in “Skeptical Inquirer”
October 18, 2012

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The nineteenth-century fascination with phrenology, a thoroughly discredited pseudoscience for studying the human mind, is explored in all its strangeness in the latest edition of Skeptical Inquirer, the leading magazine of science and skepticism.

I Could Fly Like a Blue Heron
October 18, 2012


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This is a big deal: The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation has declared that it will drop its efforts to pursue a binding blasphemy law at the UN. Kuwait is not satisfied, nor are other members of the coalition.

Also today in blasphemy:

Egyptian atheist Alber Saber is “defiant” as his blasphemy trial resumes. You can sign a Change.org petition on his behalf here

D’Souza? D’oh!
October 17, 2012


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Takeaways from last night’s debate? Not a whole lot for our skepto-atheosphere. Most notable, really, is what wasn’t said. Not once was there discussion of things near and dear to our hearts like, oh, the global rise in temperatures that may result in the destruction of human habitats and spur a series of environmental catastrophes. But hey, they both like coal!   

Baptist Press trumpets an effort by lawmakers in nine states to form “religious freedom caucuses,” which of course means essentially the opposite of what it says. The piece quotes CFI chief Ron Lindsay:

Unfortunately, ‘freedom of conscience’ and ‘religious liberty’ are sometimes improperly invoked by those who seek to impose their religious views on others, directly or indirectly. Whether the American Religious Freedom Program will help strengthen the right to freedom of conscience or subvert this right largely depends on the understanding of religious liberty that will guide its activity.  

Secular “Nones” Close to Raising $1 Million Walking for the Fight Against Cancer
October 16, 2012

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Secular “Nones” Close to Raising $1 Million Walking for the Fight Against Cancer

He Breaks Things
October 16, 2012


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Rebecca Watson one-ups Newsweek:

But last night, after seven hours of rest during which the human part of my brain (i.e., all of it) showed significantly slowed brainwave patterns, I experienced something so profound that it gave me a scientific reason to believe in Narnia. 

CFI’s Michael De Dora talks with Jamila Bey on Voice of Russia Radio about blasphemy and incitement laws around the world. 

NBC Nightly News does the first in a series of pieces on alternative medicine — it’s highly uncritical, and even says that insurance companies need to do some “catching up” to cover CAM treatments. 

Some of Us Were Blushing
October 15, 2012


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As Election Day approaches, it’s not the presidential race that has the exclusive attention of the Florida political class. It’s “Amendment 8,” a proposed change to the state constitution to allow taxpayer funds to flow to religious institutions — and a reaction to a lawsuit brought by the Council for Secular Humanism concerning a proselytizing prison ministry.   

A piece by Robyn Blumner in the Tampa Bay Times quotes CFI legal guru Steven Fox on the implications of the amendment, and Blumner concludes that its passage would mean:

. . . proselytizing by the likes of the Lamb of God Ministries, the local mosque or Scientology center, and, heck, even the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster could become just another government-funded program, with all of us compelled to foot the bill.