Wisconsin Discriminates Against Atheist Couple Seeking to Marry
May 26, 2020 by

Wisconsin is discriminating against nonreligious couples by denying them the right to marry by mutual declaration, a privilege granted to religious believers.  Last week, two national secular watchdog organizations — the Center for Inquiry (CFI) and American Atheists — were contacted by a couple from Winnebago County who were refused permission to marry by mutual …

What Are the Makers of ‘Plandemic’ Hiding? Conspiracy Theorists Refuse to Provide Evidence for Outrageous Claims
May 21, 2020 by

The infamous conspiracy video Plandemic has recently spread like a virus throughout the internet, providing an unprecedented megaphone for a litany of outrageous claims about the nature of the COVID-19 outbreak and frightening allegations of vast government conspiracies. But when presented by the Center for Inquiry with the opportunity to back up these claims with evidence, the …

Ingersoll Museum to Remain Closed Due to COVID-19
May 7, 2020 by

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council for Secular Humanism announced this week that the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum will not open as scheduled on Memorial Day weekend, and will remain closed until further notice. “The International Council of Museums estimates that 95 percent of the world’s museums have shut their doors due to the pandemic …

Center for Inquiry Calls for Reinstatement of White House Vaccine Expert
Office of Public Policy
April 23, 2020 by

The Trump Administration’s removal of the federal government’s leading expert on vaccines, in apparent retaliation for disagreement with the president, exemplifies how the White House is placing the ego of President Trump over the safety and lives of Americans, said the Center for Inquiry today.  STAT News reported that Dr. Rick Bright, formerly the director …

Rein in Homeopathy and Protect Americans’ Health, Science Advocates Tell FDA
April 13, 2020 by

Makers of homeopathic drugs must be held accountable for the safety and efficacy of their products, the Center for Inquiry told the Food and Drug Administration, urging the agency to take long-overdue action to protect American consumers from risking their health on useless snake oil.  In public comments filed with the agency, the Center for …

Secular Group Calls on MI Governor to Repeal Religious Exemptions for Public Gatherings During COVID-19 Pandemic
April 10, 2020 by

Contact: Jennifer Beahan,Executive Director, CFI Michiganjbeahan@centerforinquiry.org616-698-2342 x801 After receiving no response from the letter sent to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and the Governor’s failure to remove the special religious exemption from the April 9th extension of the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order, Center for Inquiry Michigan is again calling on the Governor and state legislators to repeal this special …

The Implausible Christ: ‘Free Inquiry’ on the Jesus Myth
April 8, 2020 by

While atheists agree that Jesus could not possibly have been the son of an imaginary god, scholars continue to debate whether a historical Jesus ever existed at all. Just in time for Easter, the latest issue of Free Inquiry confronts the Jesus myth head-on, exposing the errors, inconsistencies, and absurdities that run through the Bible’s conflicting accounts …

Stop the Endless Exemptions and Accommodations on Contraception, CFI Tells Supreme Court
April 8, 2020 by

The Supreme Court must put a stop to the relentless attempts by religious groups to deny contraceptive coverage to employees, said the Center for Inquiry today, urging the Court to end the absurd back-and-forth over whether applying for a religious exemption is itself a religious liberty violation. The Center for Inquiry (CFI), which advocates for …

Michigan Drops Opposition to Secular Marriage Celebrants, Ending Lawsuit
April 2, 2020 by

Secular celebrants are now permitted to officiate and solemnize marriages in Michigan, after the state attorney general reversed the government’s opposition to a lawsuit brought by the Center for Inquiry (CFI). Promising that the state considers CFI-trained and certified Secular Celebrants to be covered by existing statutes regarding marriage solemnization, the presiding federal court brought the case …

Secular Group Rebukes Michigan Governor’s Exemptions for Religious Gatherings
March 27, 2020 by

Exempting churches from statewide prohibitions on public gatherings due to the coronavirus undermines the very purpose of such restrictions, said the Center for Inquiry in a letter to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, warning that making special exceptions for religious assemblies is both dangerous and constitutionally baseless. An executive order signed by Gov. Whitmer states that “all …