The Wizard is a Shyster
June 22, 2018

Pew Research puts out a big report on the rise in religiously-based harassment and hostility around the world, and we focus in on the data about the persecution of the nonreligious: As governments, activists, and the media absorb the whole of Pew’s valuable report, it’s crucial that the plight of the nonreligious is not lost …

More Countries Exhibiting Aggression Toward Atheists
June 21, 2018

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Center for Inquiry Spotlights Hostility Toward Nonreligious in Pew Report Hostility and harassment toward atheists and the religiously unaffiliated around the world is growing at a frightening rate, according to new data released by the Pew Research Center. While there is a rise in hostility toward religious groups overall in recent years, the Center for …

U Mad Bro?
June 21, 2018

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, which I can’t believe exists in this administration, announces steps that NASA and FEMA will be taking to detect and possibly deflect near-Earth objects that could smash into us. This is cool: NASA is asked to come up with new ways to deflect an asteroid heading …

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

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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 state senator. Advocates for science and reason at the Center for Inquiry are urging Michigan residents …

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

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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

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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 …