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A New Resource to Inoculate Against Coronavirus Misinformation
March 25, 2020 by

The public is being inundated by misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic at every level, from blatant internet scams to the false claims of the president of the United States. The Center for Inquiry, as the foundational institution for skeptical inquiry into extraordinary claims of pseudoscience, religion, and the paranormal, is bringing our unique expertise to …

TIES Offers Free Guided Online Lessons in Evolution for Learning at Home
March 19, 2020 by

Educators across the country, determined to keep student learning from grinding to a halt as the coronavirus pandemic causes schools to close, have a new resource. The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science is offering free, ready-made science lessons in the wonders of evolution, available online for both middle school and high school levels.  “All About Evolution” is …

The Rights of Nonbelievers and Iran’s Abuses: CFI at the UN Human Rights Council
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March 9, 2020 by

On March 3 and 9, the Center for Inquiry’s United Nations Advocate, Andreas Kyriacou, delivered statements to the UN Human Rights Council. There, he called for the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief to bring the “necessary vigor” to addressing the persecution of nonbelievers and secularists around the world, and urged the Council …

A Clear Vision for 2020: CFI’s Progress Report
February 25, 2020 by

We are in the midst of confusing and uncertain times. Misinformation pollutes the public discourse to the point of exhaustion as truth obscured and rights are diminished. At the dawn of a new decade, clarity seems to be in short supply. As cliche as it might sound, the year 2020 suggests a time to focus, …

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 secular 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 …