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.

The Kavanaugh Court and Extreme Patriotism – Free Inquiry Takes on Humanists’ Existential Threats
September 5, 2018 by

The premier journal of secular humanist thought enters the political fray as the Senate begins its hearings on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a timely and salient special issue of Free Inquiry, freethought leaders address the existential threat to church-state separation represented by Kavanaugh, and a powerful case is …

Labor Department’s Religious Liberty Rule is a Directive to Discriminate
August 16, 2018 by

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) condemned the Department of Labor (DOL)’s new Directive regarding religious exemptions for government contractors as a further example of religious privilege being used to impose real harms on Americans. According to the Directive from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), which supervises federal contractors and subcontractors to ensure …

CFI Cheers FDA Action Against Deceptive ‘Vaginal Rejuvenation’ Marketers
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July 31, 2018 by

The Center for Inquiry applauded the actions taken by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to stop the deceptive marketing of pseudoscientific “vaginal rejuvenation” products. On Monday, the FDA published a Safety Communication warning the public that radio-based “vaginal rejuvenation” products are not proven safe or effective. Rather than improving patient health, these products may cause …