Center For Inquiry Warns Supreme Court Of Catastrophic Impact Of Expanding Ministerial Exception For Religious Employers
March 19, 2020

Fundamental civil rights and labor protections for countless Americans could be decimated if the Supreme Court sides with religious schools seeking carte blanche to hire and fire whomever they like for whatever reason without consequence. The Center for Inquiry urged the Court against any expansion of the so-called “ministerial exception” in an amicus brief filed in the …

Walmart Attempts to Suppress Consumer Protection Lawsuit by Stoking Prejudice Against Secular Humanists
March 19, 2020

Mega-retailer is being sued by the Center for Inquiry over its marketing of homeopathic fake medicines Walmart is attempting to quash a consumer-protection lawsuit over its sale of homeopathic fake medicine with a deceptive motion to dismiss that tries to prejudice the court against the nonreligious organization bringing the case. The Center for Inquiry, which filed …

Take Action: Urge Your Representative to Join the Congressional Freethought Caucus Today
March 4, 2020

Is your representative a member of the Congressional Freethought Caucus? Have they even heard of it? Have you? The Freethought Caucus is made up of Members of Congress who support reason and science in public policy, fight for the separation of church and state, and advance the rights of nonreligious Americans. Almost one quarter of …

Secular Priorities Front and Center in Meeting with Congressional Freethought Caucus
March 2, 2020

Federal lawmakers and leaders from the reality-based community met on Capitol Hill on Monday, February 10, when the Congressional Freethought Caucus invited secular advocacy organizations to share ideas and discuss priorities. The Center for Inquiry was there, represented by president and CEO Robyn Blumner and Director of Government Affairs Jason Lemieux. Chaired by Reps. Jared …

A Clear Vision for 2020: CFI’s Progress Report
March 2, 2020

We are in the midst of confusing and uncertain times. Misinformation pollutes the public discourse to the point of exhaustion as truth obscured and rights are diminished. At the dawn of a new decade, clarity seems to be in short supply. As cliche as it might sound, the year 2020 suggests a time to focus, …

The Undercounted Nones: ‘Free Inquiry’ on America’s Overlooked Atheists
January 15, 2020

The idea that all humans are “born atheists,” only to be overwhelmed by religious indoctrination as we grow is a fundamental misunderstanding of how the human brain has evolved, says Neiblum, who argues, “We have evolved a suite of characteristics … that incline us toward theistic interpretations of the cosmos.

Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right, Secular Groups Tell SCOTUS in Case of Muslim American Persecution
January 15, 2020

“What the government did here is outrageous, but we can’t remedy one wrong with another.”

Pseudoscience in children’s psychotherapy: skeptical inquirer tackles dubious claims
January 2, 2020

Well-meaning parents can endanger their children when they are fooled by the false promises of pseudoscientific “natural” alternative medicine and the fears stoked by anti-vaccine conspiracy theories, and this is no less true when it comes to mental health. The latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer, the magazine of science and reason, assembles a roster of experts …

Facebook’s reporting system being used to suppress religious freedom, says bipartisan congressional letter
January 2, 2020

Organized religious extremists are coordinating to co-opt Facebook’s abuse reporting system, which lets users “flag” content like “hate speech,” bullying and harassment, and obscenity for review. In doing so, they manipulate Facebook into denying vulnerable ex-religious and nonreligious individuals access to support groups, instead forcing them either into the public square or the closet.

CFI leads secular groups in meeting with federal agencies on anti-discrimination rules
January 2, 2020

CFI’s Director of Government Affairs, Jason Lemieux, organized a meeting on November 25 with staff at the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). We had come to discuss our serious concerns with pending regulations that would remove protections against religious discrimination in services provisioned …