Richard Dawkins to Honor India’s Javed Akhtar, Defender of Reason and Secularism, in Live Online Event October 24
September 21, 2020 by

Their work has inspired and enlightened millions of people around the world and across generations. Their passionate advocacy for reason and their unapologetic questioning of religion and superstition have broken taboos and changed the cultural landscape.  On October 24, these two champions of science and secularism will come together for the first time, as evolutionary …

CFI to Court of Appeals: Protect Consumers from Walmart’s Fake Medicine Deception
September 11, 2020 by

The Center for Inquiry urged the D.C. Court of Appeals to reject Walmart’s attempt to sidestep a consumer-protection lawsuit over the mega-retailer’s deceptive sale and marketing of homeopathic medicine.  CFI, an organization that advocates for reason and science on behalf of consumers, sued Walmart in 2019 under the District’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act for selling homeopathic remedies …

We Could Be Wrong: The Value of Intellectual Humility in ‘Skeptical Inquirer’
September 8, 2020 by

In our hyperpolarized, hyperpartisan era, perhaps the hardest thing to do is to admit we might be wrong. Baseless, unscientific beliefs are routinely expressed with absolute certainty, and for advocates of science and reason it is tempting to confront false claims with equal conviction, or even contemptuous dismissal. But in the latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer, …

CFI Applauds Virginia for Rejecting Religious “Get Out of COVID Vaccine Free” Card
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August 25, 2020 by

Today, lawmakers in Virginia acted to protect public health and uphold secular principles by rejecting legislation that would have created a dangerous and medically unjustifiable religious exemption to emergency immunization orders issued during a public health emergency.  Alerted to the bill’s introduction during a special emergency session of the Virginia State Legislature to address the …

Secular Groups to Congress: Reserve Relief Funds for Public Education, Not Religious Schools
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August 6, 2020 by

American public schools are facing unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, but opponents of public education, led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, seek to use the crisis to funnel taxpayer dollars to unaccountable private religious schools. A coalition of the country’s largest freethought organizations is urging Congress not to sacrifice public education for the benefit …

Pompeo’s ‘Unalienable Rights’ Report a Vehicle for Christian Nationalism, Says Center for Inquiry
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July 16, 2020 by

In announcing a draft report by his Commission on Unalienable Rights, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pushed the false narrative that “faith in god” is necessary for morality and human rights. The draft report doubles down on Pompeo’s previous ahistorical claims that the United States was built on an explicitly Christian foundation. “This deceitful claim erases the …

Witch Burnings in Nigeria Show Dangers of Superstition, Say Secular Advocates
July 13, 2020 by

The burning of accused witches is often seen as a relic of the distant past, but this horrific violence still occurs today in modern Africa. On May 19, 2020, at least fifteen people, most of them women, were set ablaze after being accused of witchcraft in Cross River State in southern Nigeria in an attack …

Supreme Court’s Little Sisters Ruling Means Dogma Trumps Everything, Says Center for Inquiry
July 8, 2020 by

The Center for Inquiry denounced the Supreme Court’s decision today in the case of Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania, in which the Court ruled in favor of broad religious exemptions to the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act. CFI, which advocates for public policy based on science and secularism, decried the ruling for placing …

Center for Inquiry Denounces ‘Ridiculous’ SCOTUS Ministerial Exception Ruling for Teachers 
July 8, 2020 by

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) criticized the Supreme Court’s rulings in the twin cases of Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrisey-Berru and St. James School v. Biel as expanding the Ministerial Exception beyond all reasonable and sensible limits, and handing a carte blanche to religious organizations to discriminate free from government oversight. These cases referenced fifth grade teachers from private, …

Secular Advocates Denounce Supreme Court Decision Forcing Taxpayers to Pay for Religious Schooling
June 30, 2020 by

The Center for Inquiry condemned today’s Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue for forcing American taxpayers to pay for religious indoctrination, gutting the protections in both the United States Constitution and in No Aid Provisions of three-quarters of state constitutions that forbid the use of taxpayer dollars for religious purposes. …