Skeptical Inquirer and Free Inquiry on Hobby Lobby and Science Denial 
July 18, 2018 by

The March/April issue of Skeptical Inquirer features rather unsettling research by University of Denver scholars Charles S. Reichardt and Ian A. Saari, showing that for those who believe the Bible is the word of God, higher education can actually hinder the acceptance of scientific fact. The more educated Bible believers are, the more likely they …

A New Chance for Joy: CFI Kenya’s Impact On One Little Life
July 9, 2018 by

George Ongere runs CFI’s international branch in Kenya, where one of his primary concerns is protecting children from beliefs about witchcraft. When accused of some kind of sorcery, children are made the scapegoats for others’ bad luck, mistakes, and misfortunes. This situation led George and CFI Kenya to establish the Humanist Orphans Center, dedicated to …

Joint Statement on Mauritania: Death Penalty for Blasphemy and Journalist’s Imprisonment
United Nations
June 29, 2018 by

JOINT ORAL STATEMENT UN Human Rights Council, 38th Session (18th June – 6th July 2018) General Debate on Item 4: Human Rights Situations that Require the Council’s Attention On 27 April 2018, Mauritania’s National Assembly adopted an amendment to the Penal Code which makes the death penalty mandatory for anyone convicted of “blasphemous speech” and …

Governments Doing the Bidding of Religious Zealots
June 14, 2018 by

Too often, extreme forms of religion get governments to do their bidding. You know how hard we’re fighting the discriminatory Christianist policies coming from the Trump administration, but the problem is much broader, manifesting from the local and state level to the world stage. Here are two unacceptable situations we’re working to correct, both of …

It Gives Me a New Strength: A Secular Rescue Success Story
June 11, 2018 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. Secular Rescue then provides financial and diplomatic assistance to help these courageous freethinkers escape to safety so they can continue …

TIES Director Bertha Vazquez: Arizona Must Not Remove Evolution from School Science Standards
May 23, 2018 by

Bertha Vazquez responds to the draft changes to Arizona’s science standards that call evolution into question.

Subsidizing Discrimination One Day, Legitimizing Pseudoscience the Next
May 14, 2018 by

The Trump administration has been particularly busy over the past few weeks in its efforts to breach the wall of separation between church and state and throwing LGBTQ and nonreligious Americans under the bus, and all while bestowing legitimacy on medical pseudoscience.

CFI Advocacy Update — April 2018
Office of Public Policy
April 30, 2018 by

In April 2018, CFI’s public policy advocacy was mainly focused at the federal level: School Vouchers – When the National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE) alerted its member organizations that the arch-conservatives at Heritage Action for America were promoting legislation that would divert money from public schools in military communities to parents who shift their children to private …

March for Science and Arts for Science with CFI’s Local Communities
April 30, 2018 by

Harnessing the excitement and momentum of last year’s international event, the 2018 Marches for Science took a turn toward the local.

See Stephen Fry, Steven Pinker, Richard Dawkins, and James Randi at CSICon 2018
April 30, 2018 by

You won’t believe who’s coming to CSICon 2018, October 18-21 in Las Vegas.