Bladensburg Cross Case is an “Integrity Violation” by Christian Nationalists
February 27, 2019 by

On February 27, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of American Legion et al. v. American Humanist Association et. al., also known as the Bladensburg Cross case. (See our amicus brief here and analysis from CFI General Counsel Nick Little.) That day, Jason Lemieux, a Marine Corps veteran and the Center …

Introducing the Translations Project
February 25, 2019 by

The Books of Richard Dawkins, Professionally Translated for Free Access in the Muslim World “I want to persuade the reader, not just that the Darwinian worldview happens to be true, but that it is the only known theory that could, in principle, solve the mystery of our existence.” Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker In many …

CFI Welcomes New UN Advocate: Andreas Kyriacou
United Nations
February 20, 2019 by

The Center for Inquiry has held special consultative status with the United Nations since 2005, allowing us to advance our mission on the world stage, form alliances with like-minded international organizations, deliver public addresses to an audience of diplomats and delegations, and sometimes even stir up a little trouble when needed. Our UN representatives have the responsibility …

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Secular Rescue Story: Defying Fear
February 20, 2019 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 and provides financial and diplomatic assistance to help these them escape to safety. Nur E Emroz Alam “Tonoy” is known in …

CFI Kenya Expands with New University Office
February 6, 2019 by

CFI Kenya is a truly extraordinary organization. Run by the indefatigable George Ongere in rural Nairobi, CFI Kenya operates the Humanist Orphans Center and the Ron Lindsay Library (named for CFI’s previous president), providing educational opportunities and refuge for children endangered by deeply held local superstitions about witchcraft. The good they do is immeasurable, and …

Point of Inquiry is back with new hosts and new episodes!
January 28, 2019 by

Point of Inquiry is the Center for Inquiry’s flagship podcast, where the brightest minds of our time engage in deep conversation about the big questions in science, religion, politics, and culture. Launched in 2005, when podcasts were still a new phenomenon, Point of Inquiry pioneered the medium with engaging, long-form conversation, featuring an incredible variety …

Free Inquiry Fascism Article Causes Dustup at Mass. High School
January 23, 2019 by

In 2003, CFI’s Free Inquiry magazine ran an opinion piece by Laurence Britt titled “Fascism Anyone?” In it, Britt lays out fourteen of what he describes as the “common threads” that point to a government on the way to fascism. Earlier this month, a high school history teacher in Massachusetts used this article as the basis for an assignment …

Statement on “Religious Freedom” Remarks by Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker
Office of Public Policy
January 17, 2019 by

Yesterday, acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker gave remarks to a Heritage Foundation audience in which he claimed that secular Americans have “changed their minds” about supporting religious freedom and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). RFRA, passed in 1993, prevents the government from substantially burdening an individual’s exercise of religion unless there is a …

Secular Rescue Story: Durba’s Escape
January 9, 2019 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 and provides financial and diplomatic assistance to help these them escape to safety. A woman going by the name of …

A Bad Stumble in the First Step Act: Taxpayer-Funded Religious Programming
Office of Public Policy
January 7, 2019 by

The First Step Act, signed into law by President Trump just before Christmas, brings modest but meaningful reforms to the federal criminal justice system, basing many of its reforms on solid evidence, including the implementation of educational programs shown to reduce recidivism. But the new law also violates the Constitution with a provision that allows …