Trump Budget Starves Science and Education at Worst Possible Time
March 11, 2019 by

Billions of dollars in federal cuts to science and public education would significantly hinder America’s capacity for dealing with 21st-century challenges, said the Center for Inquiry in response to in the Trump administration’s 2020 budget request. CFI also warned that the proposed cuts would thwart the progress of scientific breakthroughs that improve and enrich the …

Expert in Online Hoaxes Offers to Calm Fears of “Momo” Suicide Game
March 1, 2019 by

A viral internet hoax is causing panic among parents and educators, terrified that kids are being lured into self-harm and suicide by a creature called “Momo.” Benjamin Radford, an expert in folklore and urban legends is offering to calm the fears of adults and children by talking to classes about the truth behind the Momo …

Omitting “So Help Me God” is No “Mistake,” Atheist Orgs Tell House Committee
February 12, 2019 by

A coalition of secularist groups, led by the Center for Inquiry, is urging Rep. Raul Grijalva, chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, to continue with the committee’s plan to make the phrase “so help me God” optional for witnesses being sworn in for testimony, and not to back down to pressure from the religious …

Bladensburg Cross Excludes Non-Christian Veterans and Violates Constitution, CFI Tells Supreme Court
February 1, 2019 by

The Bladensburg war memorial is a blatant and obvious endorsement of Christianity, in violation of the Constitution and an affront to non-Christian military servicemembers, the Center for Inquiry told the U.S. Supreme Court in an amicus brief for the case of Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission v. American Humanist Association, submitted in partnership with allies in the …

New Mexico Naturopath Bill Risks Patients’ Health and Legitimizes Fake Medicine
January 31, 2019 by

A bill granting naturopaths the authority to practice primary care medicine risks the health of New Mexicans and legitimizes fake medicine, the Center for Inquiry (CFI) warned the New Mexico State Senate. The Naturopathic Doctors’ Practice Act (SB 135) would grant licensure to practitioners of pseudoscientific treatments despite the lack of evidence for their effectiveness …

Trump Undermines Science Education with ‘Bible Literacy’ Tweet
January 28, 2019 by

President Trump’s endorsement of unconstitutional religious classes in America’s public schools was condemned by the Center for Inquiry for undermining secular science education. In a tweet sent Sunday, President Trump announced “Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible. Starting to make a turn back? Great!” “This is one …

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 …