D.C. Government Backs Down from Privileging Churches After Warning Letter from CFI
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December 12, 2018 by

Today, CFI is pleased to announce that the District of Columbia government reversed a recent proposal that would have privileged religious institutions by charging them a lower water services fee than other nonprofit organizations. The Center for Inquiry sent a letter on December 4 warning the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority that special treatment for …

Bertha Vazquez of TIES Interviewed on 502 Conversations
November 29, 2018 by

The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES) is a program of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science that gives middle school teachers the tools they need to effectively teach evolution and answer its critics. As 2018 comes to a close, 121 TIES workshops have now been held in forty-three states, helping thousands of teachers …

Ben Radford Discusses the “Aztec UFO” on New Mexico TV
November 14, 2018 by

Much of our contemporary UFO lore began with conspiracy theories about an alien spacecraft crashing in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. But they certainly didn’t end there. Fox New Mexico in Albuquerque (KQRE-TV) aired a package featuring CFI’s Benjamin Radford, telling the tale of the UFO sensation that followed the more famous Roswell incident, “the …

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November 6, 2018 by

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October 2018 Office of Public Policy Update
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October 31, 2018 by

October was another busy month for CFI’s Office of Public Policy (OPP).

For the Love of Joy: An Inspiring Update from CFI Kenya
October 15, 2018 by

This summer, we told you about Joy, a little girl in Kenya who faced not just stigma, but real mortal danger. In parts of Africa where superstitions are deeply ingrained, albinos are considered “bad luck” and are sometimes even sold to witch doctors (or killed and sold) because of the belief that their body parts …

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Point of Inquiry Podcast Announces New Co-Hosts Kavin Senapathy and James Underdown
October 15, 2018 by

Point of Inquiry, the flagship podcast of the Center for Inquiry, was a groundbreaking show when it debuted in 2005, when podcasting was still very new. It provided the skeptic and freethought communities with engaging, long-form conversations with the most fascinating and brilliant minds in science, religion, politics, philosophy, and journalism. Over the years, several …

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
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September 1, 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 …