What We Should Really Fear this HalloweenOctober 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 ValuesSeptember 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 ReligionAugust 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
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.”
Trump Administration Birth Control Rule Harms Women, Panders to the Religious Right, Says CFIOctober 6, 2017
The Center for Inquiry condemned the new rules announced by the Department of Health and Human Services, dramatically curtailing the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act’s Contraceptive Mandate.
Trump’s Muslim Ban and His Battle to Undermine the JudiciaryJanuary 31, 2017
Just as Sean Spicer, Trump’s Press Secretary, and others have sought to delegitimize the Fourth Estate, and paint the press as the enemy, so the current deliberate battle with the courts is seeking to undermine public support for the judicial branch.
The Question Christians Must Now Ask ThemselvesNovember 9, 2016
Christian groups will get much that they want from the upcoming regime; their coffers will be protected from taxation, they will receive taxpayer funds to proselytize, their business-owning members will likely be permitted to refuse service to LGBT people. Yet at what cost?
Repealing the Burkini Ban Doesn’t Address the Real ProblemAugust 26, 2016
The ban and the way it was enforced were wrong. But while our commitment to religious freedom and free speech and expression requires us to support the right of women to dress as they wish, whether that be in “revealing” or “modest” attire, or anything in between, whether for purely personal or religious reasons, in the significant majority of cases, religious dress codes for women are not voluntarily adopted by their wearers.