CFI Awards Lawrence Krauss for ‘Scholarship in the Public Interest’ at World Congress
April 17, 2009 by

Internationally known theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss is no stranger to sharing science with the public. As a professor at Arizona State University in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and Physics Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Krauss actively engages and educates  students, yet his influence extends far beyond the campus …

Center for Inquiry World Congress XII Opens Thursday, April 9
April 6, 2009 by

Four-Day Event to Examine Global State of Science, Secularism The Obama Administration’s commitment to scientific integrity has opened new channels of dialogue on the state of science in public policy. Will increasing the role of secularization—crafting policies on empiricism, not faith—lead to increased public demand for reliance on science in the development of pubic policy? …

Center For Inquiry Condemns UN Resolution on “Defamation of Religions”
March 27, 2009 by

UN Human Rights Council statement prepares the way for international criminalization of religiously offensive speech March 26, 2009 (New York)—The United Nations Human Rights Council has handed another victory to Islamic states in their decade-long push to limit freedom of expression out of “respect” for religious beliefs. A new Council resolution decries a “campaign of …

Center for Inquiry Applauds Stem Cell Funding Reversal
March 9, 2009 by

CFI Lends Support To Memorandum Assuring Scientific Integrity The Center for Inquiry (CFI), a secularist think tank and leading advocate of embryonic stem cell research, applauds President Barack Obama’s executive order reversing the eight-year-old ban on federal research funding for stem cell lines created after August 2001. “The federal government has been a critical source …

‘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 …