Texas Secular Wedding Celebrants Challenge Religious Privilege in Solemnizing Marriages
November 6, 2018 by

In a lawsuit filed Monday with a U.S. District Court, the Center for Inquiry (CFI) is challenging Texas’s marriage law, which limits the authority to solemnize marriages to clergy and certain government officials. By granting this unconstitutional privilege to religion, the state is denying its nonreligious residents the opportunity to have their unions formalized by a …

CFI fears Supreme Court will use Maryland Cross case to breach wall of separation
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November 5, 2018 by

In an ominous sign that the wall between government and religion may soon be dismantled, the Center for Inquiry (CFI) expressed its alarm that the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday said it would hear an appeal involving a Christian war memorial on public land.

Trump Officials Callously Using Pittsburgh Massacre to Demonize Nonreligious, Advance Christian Privilege
October 30, 2018 by

The Trump administration’s response to the worst act of anti-Semitic violence in U.S. history has been disgraceful, said the Center for Inquiry, taking the president and his lieutenants to task for their eagerness to falsely assign blame to the nonreligious. On Saturday, a white nationalist, radicalized Christian man massacred eleven Jewish men and women at …

Center for Inquiry Condemns Federal Request to Reverse Anti-Discrimination Decision
October 26, 2018 by

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) condemned a request from the Department of Justice for the Supreme Court to roll back a court decision extending anti-discrimination protections to transgender people. In a brief filed on behalf of the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC), the Department of Justice perversely argues for the reversal of a lower court …

Religious Right Seeks Broader “License to Discriminate” from Supreme Court in New “Cake Shop” Case
October 25, 2018 by

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) condemned a petition to the Supreme Court filed by the First Liberty Institute on behalf of Oregon bakers seeking exemptions from that state’s anti-discrimination laws, characterizing it as an attempt to make ‘religion’ a magic word to excuse bigotry. Despite the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop, the religious …

CFI Condemns Government’s Attempt to Define Transgender People Out of Their Rights
October 23, 2018 by

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) today condemned a leaked memo from the Department of Health and Human Services that threatens to significantly roll back legal protections for transgender people. The proposed changes to Title IX would require federal agencies applying anti-discrimination laws in areas such as health care, employment, and education to use only the …

CFI Urges IRS to Stop the Tax Profiteering by Donors to Religious Schools
October 11, 2018 by

Donors to private religious schools should not be profiting from their contributions at taxpayers’ expense, says the Center for Inquiry, urging the Internal Revenue Service to close a regulatory loophole that robs public schools of badly needed funds, subsidizes religious indoctrination, and awards private school donors a double-helping of tax credits that exceed their original …

“Fantasyland” and “Mattering Matters” Win Council for Secular Humanism’s Forkosch Awards
October 9, 2018 by

The Council for Secular Humanism has announced the recipients of the 2017 Forkosch Awards, recognizing the book and magazine article that made the greatest contributions toward the advancement of secular humanism during that year. The Council for Secular Humanism is a program of the Center for Inquiry, and co-publisher of Free Inquiry magazine. The Morris …

Center for Inquiry Decries Sham Process that Placed “Mendacious” Kavanaugh on Supreme Court
October 8, 2018 by

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) today expressed its outrage and deep concern for the future at the Senate’s confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the lifetime position of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Following a 50-48 vote, retired Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy and Chief Justice John Roberts swore Kavanaugh into the …

Congressional Freethought Caucus Tells Senate Judiciary Committee to Reject Kavanaugh Nomination
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September 7, 2018 by

On Thursday, the Congressional Freethought Caucus urged the Senate Committee on the Judiciary to reject the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Jason Lemieux, CFI’s Director of Government Affairs, played a key role in informing the Caucus about the danger to church-state separation posed by Kavanaugh’s nomination. Lemieux has met with offices in both chambers of Congress to make clear the vital importance of the secular principles put at risk by Kavanaugh’s nomination.