Center Devoted to the Public’s Appreciation of Science and Humanism Expands to Include UK
January 15, 2008 by

Local Organization Inaugurates New Educational Centre in the UK Amherst, New York (January 15, 2008)—The Center for Inquiry/Transnational (CFI), an Amherst, New York based international think tank promoting reason, science, and secular humanism, has announced that it is opening an office in the United Kingdom.   The new office, based in London, will mark the …

Center for Inquiry joins in call for Presidential Debate
December 11, 2007 by

“We don’t want to concede science to other nations,” a group of Nobel Laureates says; broad coalition seeks a science and technology-themed Presidential debate in 2008 Amherst, New York (December 10, 2007)-Ten Nobel laureates, two dozen other eminent scientists, and the leaders of many of America’s pre-eminent scientific organizations and universities have joined a coalition …

Center for Inquiry Welcomes Appellate Decision Finding Faith-Based Rehabilitation Program Unconstitutional
December 4, 2007 by

Amherst, New York (December 4, 2007)-In a major ruling affecting faith-based service providers, the U.S Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit decided today that the State of Iowa could not fund an inmate rehabilitation program called InnerChange Freedom Initiatives that was run by Chuck Colson’s Prison Fellowship Ministries. The court concluded that the program …

Center for Inquiry Experts Comment on Texas Science Education Standards
December 3, 2007 by

Amherst, N.Y. (December 3, 2007)-Experts at the Center for Inquiry (CFI), America’s largest think tank defending reason, science, and freedom of inquiry, were dismayed to learn that Texas has forced a distinguished educator out of her job because she spoke favorably of evolution and forwarded messages about lectures on evolution. Christine Castillo Comer, with more …

Center for Inquiry Warns that Moral and Political Debate on Stem Cell Research is Not Over
November 21, 2007 by

Amherst, New York (November 21, 2007)-The Center for Inquiry (CFI), a nonprofit think tank and leading advocate of funding for embryonic stem cell research, welcomes yesterday’s announcement that human somatic cells have been reprogrammed to have the characteristics of embryonic stem cells. "This breakthrough confirms yet again the important advances in medical science that can …

Senator Vitter Withdraws Creation-Science Appropriation Under Pressure
October 23, 2007 by

Amherst, New York (October 19, 2007)-Under pressure from The Center for Inquiry- Transnational , as well as 33 other pro-science, educational and civil-rights groups, Sen. David Vitter, R- Louisiana, withdrew a proposed $100,000 earmark Thursday that would have promoted the teaching of "creation science" in public school science classes alongside evolution. The appropriation, added to …

Center for Inquiry Files Amicus Brief in Support of Same-Sex Marriage
October 16, 2007 by

Los Angeles, CA –The Center for Inquiry is pleased to announce that the California Supreme Court has exercised its discretion to accept an amicus brief written and filed by Edward Tabash, Chair of the Center’s First Amendment Task Force, in the same-sex marriage case now pending before the Court (Case No. S147999).  The Center’s brief …

Leading Authors, Social Critics to Address Backlash Against Secularism
October 3, 2007 by

"Secular Society and Its Enemies" Conference to be held in New York City Overlooking the site of 9/11 New York, New York (October 3, 2007)-The think tank Center for Inquiry will hold a major conference, "The Secular Society and Its Enemies," to address the alarming abandonment of Western secular values in a world increasingly mired …

Secular Humanism’s Elder Statesman Responds to “The New Atheism”
July 30, 2007 by

New Position Paper Explores the Historical, Cultural, Ethical, and Scientific Dimensions of Secular Humanism Amherst, New York (July 30, 2007) —The Center for Inquiry/Transnational, a think tank devoted to promoting reason and science, has responded to the recent cultural phenomenon known as “The New Atheism” with a position paper, titled “What Is Secular Humanism?” The …

Council for Secular Humanism Criticizes Supreme Court’s Decision to Impede Establishment-Clause Challenges
June 25, 2007 by

Amherst, New York (June 25, 2007)—The Council for Secular Humanism, Inc., a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote religious liberty by enforcing the separation between church and state, criticized Monday’s 5-4 Supreme Court ruling that federal taxpayers do not have the right to challenge expenditures made by the Executive Branch that are arguably in violation …