Reject the Quackery Grab Bag, CFI Michigan Director Tells Legislature  
June 21, 2019 by

Jennifer Beahan, executive director of CFI Michigan, the state branch of the Center for Inquiry, urged the legislature Thursday to reject legislation that would license the practice of acupuncture and a host of other useless pseudoscientific treatments. Beahan testified before the Michigan House Committee on Health Policy about the danger of legitimizing these discredited and …

Bladensburg Cross Decision Reveals SCOTUS Contempt for Establishment Clause
June 20, 2019 by

Today’s ruling on the constitutionality of the Bladensburg cross makes plain the Supreme Court’s allegiance to the religious right and its contempt for the separation of church from state, said the Center for Inquiry. The Bladensburg Peace Cross is a 40-foot concrete Latin Cross located on state land in Maryland and maintained at taxpayer expense. …

Center for Inquiry Applauds New York for Ending Religious Exemptions to Vaccines
June 14, 2019 by

The Center for Inquiry applauds the State of New York for ending the religious exemption to mandatory vaccination for school-age children. On Thursday, June 13, the New York State Legislature voted to approve legislation repealing the exemption. Governor Andrew Cuomo promptly signed the legislation into law. “The Legislature allowed sanity to prevail by repealing this …

Trump HHS/HUD Regulations Cast Trans Americans As “Lesser” Citizens
May 24, 2019 by

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) today condemned proposed rules from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that would significantly roll back legal protections for transgender people. The latest regulations from the Trump/Pence administration are designed to strip civil rights from groups including women and …

WALMART SUED FOR FRAUD: Nation’s Largest Retailer Deceives and Endangers Consumers with Homeopathic Fake Medicine
May 20, 2019 by

Walmart is committing wide-scale consumer fraud and endangering the health of its customers though its sale and marketing of homeopathic medicines, the Center for Inquiry alleges in a lawsuit filed in the District of Columbia on May 20. CFI, an organization advancing reason and science, says the mega-retailer is deceiving consumers by making no meaningful …

Equality Act Passage Heralded as Long Overdue Pushback against Religious License to Discriminate
May 17, 2019 by

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) wholeheartedly applauded the passage of the Equality Act (H.R. 5) today in the House of Representatives by a vote of 236–172, heralding the measure as a necessary and long overdue bulwark against discrimination. Introduced in the House by David Cicilline, the Equality Act amends the Civil Rights Act to prohibit …

How the Nones Can Become a Political Powerhouse, in the Latest “Free Inquiry”
May 14, 2019 by

The “Nones”—those who claim no religious affiliation—are now in a three-way tie with Catholics and evangelicals for the largest “belief” group in America, but you’d never know it by looking at election returns and exit polls. Not all Nones are nonbelievers, but they do share many common values and a refusal to submit to anyone’s …

HHS “Conscience Rule” Places Religious Privilege above Patients, says Center for Inquiry
May 2, 2019 by

President Trump’s newly announced “conscience rule” granting religious exemptions to taxpayer-funded health care workers and organizations was condemned by the Center for Inquiry today for putting religious privilege over the best interests of patients and green-lighting discrimination against marginalized communities. “When a patient visits a health care facility, the primary concern should be the welfare …

Ruling on Secular Prayer in Congress is Discriminatory and Exclusionary
April 19, 2019 by

“It’s obvious now that our federal courts view atheists as second-class citizens.” An appellate court ruling allowing Congress to exclude secular invocations from its traditional prayers is a blatantly discriminatory act of exclusion against nonreligious Americans, the Center for Inquiry (CFI) declared today. In Barker v. Conroy, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for …

Richard Dawkins Award Moving to the Center for Inquiry
April 16, 2019 by

The Richard Dawkins Award, an honor presented annually to outstanding individuals who have significantly furthered the cause of reason and science, is moving to the Center for Inquiry (CFI). Prominent evolutionary biologist, best-selling author, and outspoken atheist, Richard Dawkins, is housing the award with CFI now that his namesake foundation, the Richard Dawkins Foundation for …