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What Gorsuch Giveth…
October 10, 2019 ·


…Gorsuch will almost certainly taketh away. This week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a series of cases all focused on one particular issue – does Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibit employment discrimination against the LGBT community? Like many cases that come before the Supreme Court bench, there’s …

Justice Alito Declares War on the Nones
June 26, 2019 · 4 


Last week, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in the big church-state separation case of this session, American Legion v. American Humanist Association, the Bladensburg Peace Cross case. It’s not my intention to relitigate the case, or even analyze the ruling in too much detail. Suffice it to say we are now living in a …

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: The Myth of Parental Rights
March 14, 2019


Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes. Virgil, The Aeneid (II, 49) I fear the Greeks, even those bearing gifts. Also, in a less literary vein – a crap sandwich on the tastiest bread is still a crap sandwich. When our opponents present us with something, whatever they call it and however they present it, we are …

When is a cross not a cross? How Accommodation and Ceremonial Deism have led us here…
February 26, 2019


This Wednesday, February 27th, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in American Legion et al. v. American Humanist Association et. al. Better known as the Bladensburg Cross case, it deals with a challenge to the constitutionality of a war memorial on public land. The memorial in question isn’t small, and isn’t inconspicuous. It’s a 40’ …

With Alabama Execution Case, Supreme Court Declares that Only Christianity Matters
February 11, 2019 · 1 


Town of Greece v. Galloway, 572 U.S. ___ (2014): Local government can start public meetings with sectarian prayers. Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, 573 U.S. ___ (2014): For-profit corporations can hold religious beliefs, and use them to gain an exemption from a law requiring them to provide insurance covering contraception to their employees. Trinity Lutheran …

Why Roe Matters (It’s Not Just Abortion Rights)
February 5, 2019


The “right to privacy … is broad enough to encompass a woman’s decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy.” So wrote Justice Harry Blackmun in 1973 in his seminal opinion in Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973). By that opinion, 7 men (with 2 men opposing) determined that the federal Constitution prevented states …

Obergefell Looks Safe in Kavanaugh Era, But LGBTQ Rights Outlook is Bleak
January 28, 2019


With the election of Trump, and the following changes to the Supreme Court, one of the most common questions I was asked by people outside of the secular movement was what this would mean for marriage equality. After all, the decision in Obergefell came down less than 4 years ago, and was a 5-4 ruling, …

Secularism and the True Meaning of Religious Freedom
January 18, 2019


On January 16th we marked National Religious Freedom Day, a day when we see articles and TV talking heads from the religious right claiming that there is an attack on Christianity in this country, and using the opportunity to call for more state funding of their churches, and further special exemptions from the law for …

What We Should Really Fear this Halloween
October 31, 2018


It’s understandable these days to want to avoid the news. There’s no Hollywood horror movie which compares to what we are seeing on CNN or in our newspapers on a daily basis. The onslaught of terrible stories for those of us who support a secular government based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist …

China’s Muslim Concentration Camps Represent an Affront to Humanist Values
September 10, 2018


CFI stands proudly in support of freedom of speech, freedom of inquiry, and freedom of religion, even when we don’t agree with the ideas that others may come to from such freedoms. In the United States, we are seeing the notion of freedom of religion being twisted from freedom of belief into a privilege to …