January 1, 2009 by Toni Van Pelt
OPP letter praising Obama’s science choices
December 16, 2008 by Debbie Goddard
In November 2008, the Secular Alliance of IU took a field trip to the infamous Creation Museum in Kentucky.
In a move designed to firm up faith-based opposition to embryonic stem cell research and other cutting-edge biomedical technologies, the Vatican has released a 32-page document titled “Dignitas Personae” – meaning “the dignity of a person.” The document condemns a host of procedures considered “immoral” by the Catholic Church, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), …
Today we mark the sixtieth anniversary of the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and above all its affirmation of the freedom of thought, conscience, religion, and expression. At the United Nations General Assembly meeting in Paris in December 1948 at which the Declaration was adopted, Eleanor Roosevelt told the assembled delegates: “As …
November 20, 2008 by Toni Van Pelt
Executive orders and regulations
"One man arrived at 6:20 a.m. to vote. By 7:00 a.m. when the polls opened, people were lined up down Hollywood Blvd. to participate in the democratic process." —Jim Underdown
The Institute at the Center for Inquiry offers courses in January 2009 organized around the theme “Positively Secular” that explain skepticism, scientific naturalism, constitutional secularism, and the replacement of religion by humanist ethics.
CSER’s Jesus Project Conference is now open for registration.
In September 2008, the Center for Inquiry went to Geneva for the ninth session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Although a staunchly secularist organization, it was there to fight for the right to talk about religion.
The Center for Inquiry expressed outrage at the public release of a memorandum from U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel that would allow participants in the Bush Administration’s Faith-Based Initiatives programs to engage in discriminatory hiring practices, in contravention of long-established federal civil rights laws.