‘Darwin Aloud’ Celebrates ‘Origin of Species’ Author’s 200th Birthday
February 10, 2009 by

Global Video Project Begins in Hollywood On Thursday, Feb. 12, the Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles will begin compiling video and film segments submitted from all over the world in tribute to science pioneer Charles Darwin. The footage will show scientists, teachers, and others reading from The Origin of Species , Darwin’s publication of the Theory …

‘Safeguarding Religious Liberty in Charitable Choice and Faith-Based Initiatives’
February 6, 2009 by

 CFI Position Paper Addresses Shortcomings and Solutions The Obama administration recently announced an expansion of government funding for George W. Bush’s “faith-based initiatives,” in which taxpayer dollars are directed to sectarian religious organizations for social service programs.  This expanded funding—approved by Executive Order signed Feb. 5—continues to raise legal and constitutional concerns, including the possible …

New Report Raises Questions about Much-Touted Baylor University Religious Landscape Survey
February 2, 2009 by

A report released today by the Council for Secular Humanism, publisher of Free Inquiry magazine, calls into question many of the findings contained in the widely cited Baylor University Religion Survey of 2008. Baylor, a Baptist university, made headlines when its survey claimed that America is as religious as it has always been, adding that …

Center For Inquiry Leaders Applaud Obama’s Progressive and Inclusive Vision for America
January 20, 2009 by

President Barack Obama in his history-making Inaugural Address today sounded the clarion call for a more inclusive and progressive America. The President’s speech outlined a largely humanistic agenda, promising to “restore science to its rightful place,” as we collectively face the massive challenges facing us as a country in the twenty-first century. Significantly, in affirming …

Obama Asked to Decline Honorary BSA Presidency
January 14, 2009 by

Accepting Boy Scouts of America Offer Would Send Message That Bigotry is Acceptable Amherst, New York (January 13, 2009)—The Center for Inquiry and the Council for Secular Humanism, in collaboration with the American Humanist Association and seventeen other nontheistic organizations, have banded together to call for President-elect Barack Obama to decline an invitation by the …

CFI Calls Vatican’s Position on Biomedical Technology Deplorable and Scientifically Insupportable
December 12, 2008 by

Amherst, New York—In a move designed to firm up faith-based opposition to embryonic stem cell research and other cutting-edge biomedical technologies, the Vatican has released a 32-page document titled “Dignitas Personae” – meaning “the dignity of a person.” The document condemns a host of procedures considered “immoral” by the Catholic Church, such as in vitro …

On Human Rights Day, CFI Works to Uphold the Universality of Rights
December 10, 2008 by

New York, New York (December 10, 2008)–Today we mark the sixtieth anniversary of the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and above all its affirmation of the freedom of thought, conscience, religion, and expression. At the United Nations General Assembly meeting in Paris in December 1948 at which the Declaration was adopted, Eleanor Roosevelt …

Quest for the Historical Jesus Begins Anew
December 8, 2008 by

Amherst, New York—Scholars gathered this past weekend, December 5-7,  in Amherst, New York, for the inaugural meeting of The Jesus Project in a renewed quest for the historical Jesus. The project, sponsored by the secular think tank Center for Inquiry and its Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion (CSER), is an effort by historians, biblical …

Inaugural meeting of the Jesus Project to take place in Amherst, New York
November 17, 2008 by

Scholars will investigate the Sources of the Gospel Amherst, New York (November 17, 2008)—Following in the footsteps of the famed Jesus Seminar, scholars representing the cream of the crop in the field of Biblical studies are set to gather December 5-7 at the Center for Inquiry campus in Amherst, New York for a conference devoted …

Parents, Police and Politicians Again Spread Halloween Fear
October 22, 2008 by

AMHERST, NY (October 22, 2008)—Every Halloween, police and medical centers across the country X-ray candy collected by trick-or-treaters to check for razors, needles or pins that might have been placed there by strangers intending to hurt or kill innocent children. But no sinister foreign objects are found, no children are injured. “Parents across America are …