The Alleged Neutrality of Originalism: A Pernicious Myth
October 22, 2020 by

Unless something unforeseen occurs, sometime next week, the Republican majority in the Senate will confirm Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. With Barrett on the Court, we will have another self-described “originalist” resolving constitutional controversies. This is regrettable because originalism is a deeply flawed jurisprudential theory: it purports to respect the …

The Loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Battle to Come
September 21, 2020 by

The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a painful blow, particularly for those whose rights she so steadfastly and eloquently defended—and this very much includes the United States’ rapidly-growing nonreligious population. For her entire career, Ginsburg championed equality and religious neutrality, and exposed discrimination and Christian privilege for the injustices they are. Everyone at …

May Her Memory Be a Blessing: On the Loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
September 21, 2020 by

We lost a friend Friday night. And, as a movement, we in the secular, pro-science, reality-based community don’t have a lot of friends in positions of power. Certainly not friends like Justice Ginsburg. For issues at the core of our mission here at the Center for Inquiry, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was more than a …

CFI Fights to Keep Religious Schools from Raking in Billions from Pandemic Relief
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August 6, 2020 by

If you’re a parent of school-age kids, you already know how hard the next few months are going to be.  Our public education system is facing unprecedented challenges as teachers, administrators, students, and parents prepare to reopen schools during a global pandemic. Public schools are already hurting for resources, but even at this time when …

Secular Groups to Congress: Reserve Relief Funds for Public Education, Not Religious Schools
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August 6, 2020 by

American public schools are facing unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, but opponents of public education, led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, seek to use the crisis to funnel taxpayer dollars to unaccountable private religious schools. A coalition of the country’s largest freethought organizations is urging Congress not to sacrifice public education for the benefit …

CFI Meets with White House Officials on Discrimination in Education
Office of Public Policy
July 1, 2020 by

On June 30, CFI’s Director of Government Affairs, Jason Lemieux, organized a joint meeting with the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to discuss a proposal that would allow religious organizations to discriminate against nonbelievers in federally funded education services. This is CFI’s second such meeting with White House officials on this and …

Secular Advocates Denounce Supreme Court Decision Forcing Taxpayers to Pay for Religious Schooling
June 30, 2020 by

The Center for Inquiry condemned today’s Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue for forcing American taxpayers to pay for religious indoctrination, gutting the protections in both the United States Constitution and in No Aid Provisions of three-quarters of state constitutions that forbid the use of taxpayer dollars for religious purposes. …

Watching as the Supreme Court Vandalizes the Wall of Separation
January 22, 2020 by

The Supreme Court today heard oral arguments in the case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, marking what seems likely to be the next stage in the brick by brick dismantling Thomas Jefferson’s wall of separation between church and state. While waiting for the transcript of the oral arguments (and it seems possible that may …

CFI Urges Supreme Court: Keep Montana Tax Dollars Out of Religious Schools
November 14, 2019 by

A Montana Supreme Court decision upholding church-state separation and rejecting the use of a state tax credit program to pay for religious school education is now under threat in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The question before the high court is whether Montana must fund religious schools when a state benefit flows to secular schools. …

Trump Budget Starves Science and Education at Worst Possible Time
March 11, 2019 by

Billions of dollars in federal cuts to science and public education would significantly hinder America’s capacity for dealing with 21st-century challenges, said the Center for Inquiry in response to in the Trump administration’s 2020 budget request. CFI also warned that the proposed cuts would thwart the progress of scientific breakthroughs that improve and enrich the …