CFI Kenya Helps Little Feet Take Big Strides
September 17, 2018 by

There are a number of battles being fought over children’s education in the U.S., deeply frustrating conflicts over such fundamental concepts as evolution, climate change, and even basic facts of history. Imagine, then, the challenge faced by children in a country like Kenya, where the worry is not that students will be taught creationist myths …

August 2018 Office of Public Policy Update
Office of Public Policy
September 4, 2018 by

In August 2018, CFI’s Office of Public Policy engaged policymakers on the following issues:

Center for Inquiry Joins 36 Organizations in Letter to Senate Opposing Kavanaugh
August 28, 2018 by

The following letter was sent to the U.S. Senate from the Center for Inquiry and 36 other inter-faith and religious liberty organizations. August 27, 2018 Dear Senator: The undersigned 37 national faith-based, nontheist, and religious liberty organizations share a commitment to individual freedom and the separation of religion and government, two of the tenets on …

Celebrating Freethought History at the Ingersoll Museum’s 25th Anniversary Conference
August 22, 2018 by

More than ninety people attended the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum Silver Anniversary Celebration this past weekend, August 18 and 19, where attendees connected with west-central New York State’s vibrant history of reason and reform. Saturday was devoted to lectures and a banquet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Syracuse, where speakers included CFI president …

URGENT! We must immediately oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court
July 21, 2018 by

We strive for the full legal equality of everyone, regardless of viewpoint on matters of religion. Our opponents want an America that provides special privileges for only the religious.

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.