Statement on “Religious Freedom” Remarks by Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker
Office of Public Policy
January 17, 2019 by

Yesterday, acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker gave remarks to a Heritage Foundation audience in which he claimed that secular Americans have “changed their minds” about supporting religious freedom and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). RFRA, passed in 1993, prevents the government from substantially burdening an individual’s exercise of religion unless there is a …

Now Accepting Applications: CFI Internship Opportunities for Summer 2019
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January 17, 2019 by

Last summer, EJ Sorrell from the University of Texas at Austin and Kayla Bowen of Morehead State University joined the Outreach Department at CFI headquarters, gaining valuable organizing and event management experience. Now it’s your turn. We’re looking for two students to intern at CFI headquarters in Amherst, NY this summer. Stipend: $165/week Dates: May 22—August 11 (10 to …

Secular Rescue Story: Durba’s Escape
January 9, 2019 by

Secular Rescue is a program of the Center for Inquiry that identifies those writers, activists, and everyday citizens in countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Iraq who live under the threat of violence and death and provides financial and diplomatic assistance to help these them escape to safety. A woman going by the name of …

A Bad Stumble in the First Step Act: Taxpayer-Funded Religious Programming
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January 7, 2019 by

The First Step Act, signed into law by President Trump just before Christmas, brings modest but meaningful reforms to the federal criminal justice system, basing many of its reforms on solid evidence, including the implementation of educational programs shown to reduce recidivism. But the new law also violates the Constitution with a provision that allows …

National Geographic TV Taps CFI’s Independent Investigations Group to Rebut Flat-Earthers
December 12, 2018 by

Axial tilt is the reason for the season, but for far, far too many Americans, our Pale Blue Dot is a two-dimensional one. This week, National Geographic Explorer covered the flabbergasting (and to skeptics, deeply frustrating) phenomenon of the Flat Earth movement. “We’re not monkeys floating on a ball in space,” asserted one flat-Earth believer. And to …

D.C. Government Backs Down from Privileging Churches After Warning Letter from CFI
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December 12, 2018 by

Today, CFI is pleased to announce that the District of Columbia government reversed a recent proposal that would have privileged religious institutions by charging them a lower water services fee than other nonprofit organizations. The Center for Inquiry sent a letter on December 4 warning the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority that special treatment for …

Bertha Vazquez of TIES Interviewed on 502 Conversations
November 29, 2018 by

The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES) is a program of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science that gives middle school teachers the tools they need to effectively teach evolution and answer its critics. As 2018 comes to a close, 121 TIES workshops have now been held in forty-three states, helping thousands of teachers …

Ben Radford Discusses the “Aztec UFO” on New Mexico TV
November 14, 2018 by

Much of our contemporary UFO lore began with conspiracy theories about an alien spacecraft crashing in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. But they certainly didn’t end there. Fox New Mexico in Albuquerque (KQRE-TV) aired a package featuring CFI’s Benjamin Radford, telling the tale of the UFO sensation that followed the more famous Roswell incident, “the …

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November 6, 2018 by

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October 2018 Office of Public Policy Update
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October 31, 2018 by

October was another busy month for CFI’s Office of Public Policy (OPP).