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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 …

CVS, Homeopathy, and the DC Court System — What’s Happening?
September 7, 2018


Earlier this summer I filed a consumer protection lawsuit in the D.C. Superior Court against CVS Pharmacy, Inc., alleging that their stores commit fraud by displaying homeopathic products alongside science based medicine both in their brick-and-mortar stores and online. The wheels of justice turn notoriously slowly, so I wanted to take this opportunity to fill …

The Privilege of Predators: Church Sexual Abuse And Society’s Deference to Religion
August 15, 2018


Yesterday a Pennsylvania Grand Jury report was released, detailing credible accusations of sexual abuse against over 300 priests in just six dioceses. Over 1,000 child victims were identified. The report can be found here. Read it. If you can stomach it, read all 1,356 pages. You probably can’t, and I couldn’t. Page after page of …

What the Hell Happened with Masterpiece Cakeshop?
June 5, 2018


Some decisions by the Supreme Court you just know are good or bad from who wrote them. If a church state opinion is authored by Justice Ginsburg, I know I am going to be OK with it. And, up to now, if an opinion touching on LGBT rights was written by Justice Kennedy, everything was …

Center for Inquiry Responds to Attorney General Sessions’ “License to Discriminate”
October 6, 2017

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The Center for Inquiry expressed its deep concern over a memo issued today by Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III on behalf of the Department of Justice, entitled “Federal Law Protections for Religious Liberty.”