What Gorsuch Giveth…
October 10, 2019 by

…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 …

A Report from Secular Coalition’s Annual Lobby Day
October 1, 2019 by

Last week, I had the distinct pleasure of participating in the Secular Coalition for America’s (SCA) annual lobby day. Approximately ninety attendees flew in from across the United States to give voice to the concerns of America’s ever-increasing nonreligious population. Before the attendees were dispatched to meet with their representatives, I delivered a presentation on …

Marine Vet to Sec. Wilkie: Stop Using VA to Promote Christianity
August 28, 2019 by ,

Center for Inquiry Director of Government Relations, Jason Lemieux, decried the remarks of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, who told the Washington Times that VA hospitals were being “bullied” when asked not to display Bibles and other Christian symbols. Mr. Lemieux is a combat veteran who served three tours in Iraq as an infantryman with …

Texas Messed with Us. We Will Mess Right Back.
August 22, 2019 by

When religious Americans get married, they can have their unions solemnized by an officiant who reflects their core beliefs and values. We believe that nonreligious Americans deserve that same right, which is why the Center for Inquiry trains and certifies Secular Celebrants and has waged and won groundbreaking legal victories in Indiana and Illinois that …

Texas Court Rejects Secular Wedding Celebrants, Center for Inquiry Vows to Appeal
August 19, 2019 by

Under Texas law, having the wedding of your dreams is a benefit unfairly reserved for religious people, now a federal district court in Texas says that’s okay. On August 16, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, rejected a challenge to the privileged status granted religious organizations and individuals under Texas marriage …

Justice Alito Declares War on the Nones
June 26, 2019 by

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 …

Bladensburg Cross Decision Reveals SCOTUS Contempt for Establishment Clause
June 20, 2019 by

Today’s ruling on the constitutionality of the Bladensburg cross makes plain the Supreme Court’s allegiance to the religious right and its contempt for the separation of church from state, said the Center for Inquiry. The Bladensburg Peace Cross is a 40-foot concrete Latin Cross located on state land in Maryland and maintained at taxpayer expense. …

Ham’s Sham
June 17, 2019 by

How can you honestly expect the atheist community to get behind your project when the building and structure of your ark is so vastly different from Noah’s ark? Noah could follow simple instructions. Why wouldn’t you heed God’s word?

What you did is like doing Civil War reenactments with assault rifles and Kevlar jackets. Or depicting Galileo looking at the moons of Jupiter with a 14” Celestron telescope. The Ark Encounter is so inaccurate we simply can’t take it seriously.

How the Nones Can Become a Political Powerhouse, in the Latest “Free Inquiry”
May 14, 2019 by

The “Nones”—those who claim no religious affiliation—are now in a three-way tie with Catholics and evangelicals for the largest “belief” group in America, but you’d never know it by looking at election returns and exit polls. Not all Nones are nonbelievers, but they do share many common values and a refusal to submit to anyone’s …

HHS “Conscience Rule” Places Religious Privilege above Patients, says Center for Inquiry
May 2, 2019 by

President Trump’s newly announced “conscience rule” granting religious exemptions to taxpayer-funded health care workers and organizations was condemned by the Center for Inquiry today for putting religious privilege over the best interests of patients and green-lighting discrimination against marginalized communities. “When a patient visits a health care facility, the primary concern should be the welfare …