Secular Humanist Aid and Relief Organization Responds to Hurricane Katrina Tragedy
September 7, 2005 by

Amherst, N.Y. (September 7, 2005)—The Council for Secular Humanism, part of the Center for Inquiry– Transnational , has raised more than $50,000 for the victims of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. The money raised—solicited through an online campaign—will be largely distributed to the devastated areas of New Orleans where hundreds of thousands have …

Organization Promoting Secularism and Science Granted Representation at United Nations
August 3, 2005 by

AMHERST, N.Y. August 3, 2005—The Center for Inquiry–Transnational (CFI), devoted to science, reason, and free inquiry in all areas of human interest, announced today that it has been granted “special consultative status” as a non-governmental organization or NGO under the United Nations Economic and Social Council. This entitles the Center for Inquiry to designate official …

Council for Secular Humanism Sues Governor Jeb Bush for Subsidizing Religious Groups with Florida Taxpayer Funds
July 22, 2005 by

Cites Violation of the Blaine Amendment (July 22, 2005 – Tallahassee, Florida) The Council for Secular Humanism today filed suit in the Leon County Courthouse to stop Governor Jeb Bush from continuing to violate the prohibition in the Florida State Constitution against “directly or indirectly” using Florida tax dollars to fund churches, synagogues or mosques. …

“Psychic” Swindler Goes to Jail; Skeptics Say “We Told You So”
July 20, 2005 by

AMHERST, N.Y. (July 20, 2005)—Self-described Texas psychic Jennifer Evans (a.k.a. Miss Brooks the “Psychic Spiritualist”) faces twelve years in prison and thousands of dollars of fines after a Bexar County court convicted her of eight counts of “theft of coercion” for conning eight clients out of more than $200,000. Amy Davis, an investigative journalist for …

The Fracturing Iranian Theocracy: Exploring the Secular Student Movement in Iran
July 9, 2005 by

AMHERST, NY (June 9, 2005) – A new trend appears to be developing; a growing majority of young, secular students are rejecting “Islamic democracy” in favor of Western-influenced liberal democracy. Dissatisfied with the current theocratic regime, these students are at the forefront of fundamental shifts now underway in Iranian society. Today a pro-Western, media-savvy, anti-“fundamentalist …

Self-proclaimed “police psychics” can’t find bodies, but they’ve found the spotlight
July 1, 2005 by

AMHERST, N.Y. (July 1, 2005)—“Police psychics,” seers who claim to help law-enforcement agencies locate missing people and solve crimes, are enjoying a surge of popularity in television shows, books, and magazines. In fact, crime-solving psychics may be one of the hottest paranormal topics in America today. Yet for all their “predictions” and self-promotion, psychics are …

Council for Secular Humanism Applauds Supreme Court’s Ruling on Kentucky Ten Commandments Cases
June 27, 2005 by

Council spokespersons consider ruling a step forward for religious freedom Amherst, New York (June 27, 2005)—The Council for Secular Humanism (CSH) and its project, the First Amendment Task Force, applaud today’s ruling by the Supreme Court on the case regarding the display of the Ten Commandments in two Kentucky courthouses. The Justices found that the …

Council for Secular Humanism Disappointed with Supreme Court’s Decision in Texas Ten Commandments Case
June 27, 2005 by

Council spokespersons believe ruling will only add to confusion about meaning of the First Amendment Amherst, New York (June 27, 2005)—The Council for Secular Humanism (CSH) and its project, the First Amendment Task Force, are disappointed at today’s ruling by the Supreme Court in Van Orden v. Perry . The case challenged the constitutionality of …

Freaking Out over Friday the 13th? Skeptics Say “Relax”!
May 9, 2005 by

AMHERST, N.Y. (May 9, 2005)—Friday the 13th is always a stressful day for friggatriskaidekaphobes —people with an overwhelming fear of Friday the 13th. (The term has its origins in Nordic mythology—the goddess Frigga is the namesake of the sixth day of the week—and ancient Greek— triskaideka means "thirteen.") According to a 1996 Gallup poll, 9 …

Council for Secular Humanism Decries Comments Made By California Justice Janice Rogers Brown
April 27, 2005 by

Amherst, N.Y. (April 27, 2005)—The Council for Secular Humanism deplores the intemperate and uncalled-for attacks California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown made on secular humanists at an April 24 church-sponsored service delivered to judges and lawyers in Connecticut. The comments were seized upon this past Monday by evangelical leader Gary Bauer, of the ultra-conservative …