Secular Priorities Front and Center in Meeting with Congressional Freethought Caucus
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February 12, 2020 by

Federal lawmakers and leaders from the reality-based community met on Capitol Hill on Monday, February 10, when the Congressional Freethought Caucus invited secular advocacy organizations to share ideas and discuss priorities. The Center for Inquiry was there, represented by president and CEO Robyn Blumner and Director of Government Affairs Jason Lemieux. Chaired by Reps. Jared …

Please welcome CFI’s new Development Director Connie Skingel
February 6, 2020 by

Our mission to advance reason and science has perhaps never been more critical, as we face unprecedented assaults on secular government, evidence-based medicine, and basic facts. To carry on this fight, the Center for Inquiry relies on the support of people like you, and we need dedicated and talented professionals to secure the resources we …

Congress Hears CFI’s Call for Repeal of Global Blasphemy Laws
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January 28, 2020 by ,

Religious persecution around the world was the focus of a joint hearing of two House subcommittees on Tuesday, January 28, and the Center for Inquiry took the opportunity to push for the support of bipartisan resolutions calling for the global repeal of blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy laws. Rep. Jamie Raskin, who introduced the House version …

CFI Leads Secular Groups in Meeting with Federal Agencies on Anti-Discrimination Rules
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December 10, 2019 by

CFI’s Director of Government Affairs, Jason Lemieux, organized a meeting on November 25 with staff at the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). We had come to discuss our serious concerns with pending regulations that would remove protections against religious discrimination in services provisioned …

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. …

TIES Update: Entertaining and Enlightening Human Errors
November 5, 2019 by

The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES), a program of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, gives middle school teachers the tools they need to effectively teach evolution and answer its critics. TIES is closing out another successful year. Five new TIES workshops have been added since our last update, and in the …

CFI Kenya: Promoting Humanism, Free Inquiry, Critical thinking, and Skepticism Through Library Projects
October 7, 2019 by

Editor’s note: CFI Kenya, one of the Center for Inquiry’s international branches, is a source of incredible pride and inspiration, running initiatives such as the Humanist Orphans program, a campus outreach office at Maseno University in Kisimu, and the Ron Lindsay Library, named for CFI’s former president and CEO. This article comes from CFI Kenya’s …

Celebrating Dissent in Amsterdam
September 25, 2019 by

An incredible array of human rights activists gathered in Amsterdam last month for a conference on the freedom to think differently, the freedom not to believe, and the freedom to be yourself. The Celebrating Dissent Festival featured lectures, theater, poetry, film, protest, and comedy on the advance of free expression with a focus on how …

Blasphemy and Apostasy Laws in Qatar and Brunei: CFI at the UN Human Rights Council
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September 24, 2019 by

Andreas Kyriacou, United Nations Advocate for the Center for Inquiry, delivered two separate statements to the UN Human Rights Council on September 20, 2019. There, he called on the governments of Qatar and Brunei to “catapult themselves into modernity” by granting their people fundamental human rights and ending their laws against apostasy and blasphemy. Video …

Actress Julia Sweeney Elected to Center for Inquiry Board of Directors
September 13, 2019 by

The Center for Inquiry is delighted to announce the election of actress, comedian, and playwright Julia Sweeney to its Board of Directors. Beloved for decades as a performer in television, film, and theatre, Sweeney has been a singular pioneer for atheist acceptance in mainstream culture, grappling with the personal challenges of being a nonbeliever with …