Kennedy’s Exit Could Entrench Religious Privilege and Discrimination, Warns Center for Inquiry
June 27, 2018 by

The last bulwark against religious privilege and oppression has fallen with the announced retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, warned the Center for Inquiry today, urging the U.S Senate to ensure that whoever President Trump chooses to replace him will not work to turn back the clock on hard-won civil rights. “Raising another Alito or Gorsuch …

Supreme Court “Playing Dumb” by Ignoring Religious Bigotry of Muslim Ban
June 26, 2018 by

In upholding President Trump’s ban on travelers from certain Muslim-majority nations today, the Supreme Court’s majority is willfully ignoring the obvious xenophobic, anti-Muslim hostility upon which the ban was based, said the Center for Inquiry. An organization that advances reason, science, and secularism, CFI has staunchly opposed the president’s Muslim ban since its earliest inception …

Ask the Atheist: Activist and Comic to Field Believers’ Tough Questions
June 22, 2018 by

Hollywood: Despite the fact that the nonreligious are among the largest “belief groups” in the United States, most of what people think they know about atheists comes from believers. That’s why veteran atheist activist and performer James Underdown is launching a new column, “Ask the Atheist.” “People who are atheists, they hate God,” says Pat Robertson to his daily …

More Countries Exhibiting Aggression Toward Atheists
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June 21, 2018 by

Center for Inquiry Spotlights Hostility Toward Nonreligious in Pew Report Hostility and harassment toward atheists and the religiously unaffiliated around the world is growing at a frightening rate, according to new data released by the Pew Research Center. While there is a rise in hostility toward religious groups overall in recent years, the Center for …

Education Standards In Michigan To Limit Learning About Social Issues
June 20, 2018 by

Climate change, LGBTQ Americans, a woman’s right to choose, and even democratic values are among the issues that conservatives in Michigan do not want mentioned in public school history classes, according to new social studies standards authored by a state senator. Advocates for science and reason at the Center for Inquiry are urging Michigan residents …

Sessions’ Biblical Justification for Policy a Step Toward Theocracy
June 15, 2018 by

By using the Bible to justify the Justice Department’s immigrant detainment policy, Attorney General Jeff Sessions revealed his hostility toward the First Amendment and an embrace of Christian supremacy in America, said the Center for Inquiry (CFI). Likewise, the defense of Sessions’ remarks by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders showed a similar disregard for the Constitution …

DOJ Initiative Tells Religious Right: The Law Does Not Apply to You
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June 14, 2018 by

The Center for Inquiry condemned a new initiative announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to encourage religious institutions to seek special exemptions from local zoning laws, sending the signal that the U.S. government sees religious belief as above the law. “This announcement makes it unmistakably clear that Attorney General Sessions views the Justice Department as …

Secular Groups to N.C.: Stop $250K Payment to Christian Youth Ministry or Face Legal Action
June 13, 2018 by

North Carolina taxpayers will be forced to bankroll the proselytization of children to the tune of a quarter million dollars if a provision of the state budget is allowed to remain in place. The Center for Inquiry, along with the Freedom from Religion Foundation, have formally insisted that the state’s Secretary of Health and Human …

CFI Demands Release of Atheist Sherif Gaber, Reportedly Arrested in Egypt for Criticizing Religion
June 13, 2018 by

The Center for Inquiry called for the immediate release and pardon of atheist blogger and video producer Sherif Gaber, who is believed to have been arrested by Egyptian authorities on or about May 2, charged along with 27 others for allegedly attempting to overthrow the Egyptian government and “spreading false news.” Gaber, who writes and …

Murder of Bangladesh Secularists Continues with Publisher’s Shooting, Center for Inquiry Demands Action
June 12, 2018 by

Outraged and grieved by the brutal murder of atheist publisher Shahzahan Bachchu in Bangladesh, the Center for Inquiry (CFI) admonished the Bangladeshi government for allowing this campaign of terror against secularist writers and activists to continue for years. CFI, which advocates for reason, science, and secularism, operates a program to save those targeted by religious …