Conservative Justices Seek to Establish Religion as Legal Trump Card
January 22, 2019 by

Center for Inquiry Statement on Kennedy vs. Bremerton School District The Supreme Court refused to hear the case of a high school football coach who ignored directives not to hold public prayer sessions on the school field at games. Coach Joseph Kennedy was fired for his unwillingness to end the practice, and sued, all the …

Secular Groups Urge Senate to Oppose Christian Nationalist William Barr for Attorney General
January 14, 2019 by

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) urged the Senate Committee on the Judiciary to reject the nomination of William Barr for U.S. Attorney General, citing his demonstrated contempt for nonreligious Americans and for church-state separation. The Committee will hold hearings to consider Barr’s nomination on Tuesday, January 15. The Center for Inquiry, in collaboration with the …

Indiana Anti-Evolution Bill Would Indoctrinate Students in Creationism
January 14, 2019 by

Creationism would be taught in Indiana public schools, indoctrinating students with biblical literalism, if Senate Bill 373 becomes law. The Center for Inquiry (CFI)—which advocates for reason, science, and secularism—has promised to take all necessary legal measures to oppose the bill’s passage or implementation. Senate Bill 373 would permit Indiana public schools to teach “creation science” as …

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 …