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Center for Inquiry’s Director of Public Policy Michael De Dora Elected President of UN Religious Freedom Committee

This is just exciting news all around: Michael De Dora, the Center For Inquiry's director of public policy, was just elected to serve as president of the United Nation's NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, a position that will really let him advocate for freedom from religion as much as freedom of it:

A New Bill in Ohio Will Allow Atheists to Solemnize Marriages

With an Appeals Court overturning Indiana's ban on Secular Celebrants performing wedding ceremonies this week, the Center For Inquiry is now setting its sights on Ohio, where a similar ban is still in effect. There's no lawsuit this time, though. They're doing this one legislatively with the help of State Rep. Mike Foley (D):

9/11 Conspiracy Theory May Finally Be Settled On November Ballot

Out of the cheese plate, onto the ballot. This November, New Yorkers may vote on a referendum that would force further inquiry into the collapse of 7 World Trade Center on 9/11, thanks to a group called NYC Coalition for Accountability Now. [ more › ]

Texas Monthly: Powers Misled Admissions Investigation

AUSTIN, Texas--In an article published by Texas Monthly today profiling embattled UT Regent Wallace Hall, who uncovered evidence of legislative clout abuse in admissions and is at the center of an impeach inquiry for his work, it was revealed that resigning UT President Bill Powers reportedly "misled" investigators. Show More Summary

The Woman Saudi Arabia Tried to Shut Up: An Interview with Josephine Macintosh

Last month, I wrote about the remarkable events at the UN Human Rights Council, where Saudi Arabia attempted to shout down Josephine Macintosh, a representative of my employer the Center for Inquiry, as she delivered a forceful statement...Show More Summary

Join Amy Tonight in Los Angeles for LAWAAG

Categories: Activism Events Tags: LAWAAG Ads by Project Wonderful! Your ad here, right now: $0 Tonight at 7pm at The Center for Inquiry in Los Angeles, LAWAAG is having it’s first meet-up. If you are in the Los Angeles area and primarily identify as a woman, come on down and say hello. Show More Summary

Civil Rights & LGBT Groups Denounce Hobby Lobby Ruling By Supreme Court

2 months agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

The Center For Inquiry Today the Court made clear it does not view Americans’ access to medically necessary health care as a compelling government interest, and announced loud and clear that the religious preferences of employers take preference over the health needs of workers. Show More Summary

Whole Foods Fined $800,000 For Ripping Off Customers In California

Whole Foods has just been fined $800,000 after a state investigations determined the supermarket chain has been overcharging its customers. The inquiry into Whole Foods stores centered around branches in California who have allegedly been charging more for products than the advertised price. According to Money MSN News, the hefty fine is now due and

Saudi Arabia Tries to Shout Down Center for Inquiry at UN Human Rights Council

Yesterday, we got a rare glimpse of how sensitive Saudi Arabia is to its human rights abuses being exposed. At a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, a representative of my organization, the Center for Inquiry, was repeatedly shouted...Show More Summary

Center For Inquiry Launches Campaign to “Keep Health Care Safe and Secular”

A new campaign launched by the Center For Inquiry aims to educate the public on the importance of keeping health care "safe and secular": I can't stress how broad this campaign is -- and it needs to be. Atheists and skeptics should be concerned with any number of health care-related issues.

On Paying Your Atheist Speakers

I was at Women in Secularism 3 this last weekend, a fantastic and nearly flawless conference put on by the Center for Inquiry. I greatly enjoyed every part of it (including Ron Lindsay’s opening speech). I intend to write a longer report later, but first: On a Sunday panel, there was a question from an [Read More...]

OUR PARTISAN BUREAUCRACY: Emails Reveal Federal Agency Ignored Conservative Media Inquiries. A s…

OUR PARTISAN BUREAUCRACY: Emails Reveal Federal Agency Ignored Conservative Media Inquiries. A series of emails disclosed this week indicate that officials at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) don’t particularly like conservative reporters and in at least one case told a scientist to lie in order to avoid answering questions. The Daily Caller [...]

Emails Reveal Federal Agency Ignored Conservative Media Inquiries

3 months agoNews : Reason

A series of emails disclosed this week indicate that officials at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) don't particularly like conservative reporters and in at least one case told a scientist to lie in order to avoid answering...Show More Summary

An Invitation to Women in Secularism 3

For a couple of years now, the Center For Inquiry has been putting together a conference to discuss issues of importance to non-religious women. It's the only secular conference you'll find where all of the speakers are women -- and they have some incredible ones this time around, too, including Katha Pollitt, Barbara Ehrenreich, Rebecca Goldstein, and Susan Jacoby.

Notes on Australia's asylum policies

A transparent inquiry into the circumstances in which these violations occurred is critical. The post Offshore detention centers for asylum seekers looks to deflect Australian government responsibility appeared first on Matador Netw...

Landmark Status Sought For Preston Bradley Center

From Ald. Cappleman's latest newsletter:"My office has received several inquiries regarding the zoning change for the People's Church/Preston Bradley Center that will be introduced to the City's Zoning Committee on January 23. The zoning...Show More Summary

How You Can Help Send Freethought Books to Prisoners

A month ago, I posted about the Center for Inquiry's new initiative to send freethought books to prisoners, giving them something to read besides the Bible, as well as coordinate a pen-pal program between inmates and volunteers. At the time, the website for the project was still bare-bones, but that's no longer the case. Show More Summary

More Trouble for Chris Christie

8 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

An official inquiry is coming: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced on Thursday he had fired a top aide at the center of a brewing scandal that public officials orchestrated a massive traffic snarl on the busy George Washington Bridge to settle a political score. The announcement came as the office of the U.S. Show More Summary

Taking a Bit of a Break…

By the time you read this, I'll be off in some far-away land enjoying my (slightly-delayed) honeymoon :) The excellent Paul Fidalgo will be taking over while I'm gone. Paul is the Communications Director for the Center for Inquiry, a...Show More Summary

Rethinking 'Happy Holidays'

According to a recent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute, only 5% of U.S. adults report that they do not celebrate any holidays in December. And yet, as Tom Flynn (Center for Inquiry) noted in a post, 5% is more than twice the commonly reported size of the Jewish community in the U.S. Show More Summary

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