Can I Oppose Waterboarding If I’ve Never Been Waterboarded?
June 30, 2020 by

I have never been waterboarded; yet, despite my undeniable lack of direct experience, I oppose it as a form of torture. The same can be said for Barack Obama, who issued an executive order banning waterboarding along with other coercive interrogation practices. The same can be said for the overwhelming majority of those who oppose …

Writer, Poet, Lyricist, and Atheist Activist Javed Akhtar Wins Richard Dawkins Award
June 9, 2020 by

For half a century, India’s Javed Akhtar has been a powerful force for secularism, reason, and human rights, challenging superstition and intolerance through his work in poetry, screenwriting, and political activism. To honor his decades of work on behalf of these crucial values, Akhtar is the 2020 recipient of the Richard Dawkins Award. Akhtar will …

Seriously: Can He Do That?
June 2, 2020 by

That’s a question I’ve been asked a lot over the past three and a half years, and never more often than the last 12 hours or so. And it’s an understandable question—we’re a constitutional republic. There are rules and they are written down. All we need to do is check the rules and see if …

‘Birds of Prey’ Misogyny: When Clickbait Harms Women
March 9, 2020 by

Recently a headline widely shared on social media decried poor reviews of the new film Birds of Prey and blamed it on male film critics hating the film for real or perceived feminist messages (and/or skewed expectations; it’s not clear). The article, by Sergio Pereira, was headlined “Birds of Prey: Most of the Negative Reviews …

Resolution Opposing Global Blasphemy Laws Passes House Committee
Office of Public Policy
March 4, 2020 by

A bipartisan resolution calling for the worldwide repeal of blasphemy laws unanimously passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee today, which the Center for Inquiry heralded as a powerful statement in support of free expression and true religious freedom.  H.Res. 512 calls upon the Department of State to work toward the global repeal of criminal laws …

Enhanced Freethought Trail Celebrates New York State’s Role in Women’s Suffrage and Radical Reform
February 28, 2020 by

As Americans commemorate one hundred years of women’s suffrage, the Freethought Trail, which celebrates west-central New York’s rich history as a hotbed of radical reform activism, is growing into an even richer experience both in person and online.  The Freethought Trail, a project of the Center for Inquiry’s Council for Secular Humanism, is both a …

I M GOD, Westboro Baptists for Atheism
February 19, 2020 by

It might have gone like this in court:

  • State of KY: But your honor, this is ridiculous. How can they compare Mr. Hart to our lord and savior? Jesus walked on water and raised the dead!

  • Hart: I can do that.

  • State of KY: Let’s see you!

  • Hart: I’ll do it when the court witnesses Jesus do it.

Facebook’s reporting system being used to suppress religious freedom, says bipartisan Congressional letter
December 6, 2019 by

A joint release of the Center for Inquiry, the Secular Coalition for America, and Ex-Muslims of North America. Facebook faced accusations this morning of enabling censorship on their platform through a letter from Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA), co-signed by Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Susan Wild (D-PA), and Paul Gosar (R-AZ). Huffman, a co-chair and founding …

CFI’s UN Advocate Takes on Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Record
United Nations
July 9, 2019 by

Last week, Andreas Kyriacou, United Nations Advocate for the Center for Inquiry, delivered a statement before the 41st session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, where he raised the issue of how Saudi Arabia’s membership on the Human Rights Council is “undermining the core purpose of this council,” specifically citing the circumstances surrounding …

‘Bring Back Our Girls’ At 5: Boko Haram’s Forgotten Captives
July 3, 2019 by

It was a bold and brash attack on innocent girls that outraged the world and spawned unprecedented online activism: Boko Haram, an extremist Muslim group in Nigeria, abducted about 276 schoolgirls from a rural secondary school in the town of Chibok on April 14, 2014. Since that time about half have been recovered, and over …