This past weekend, I was in Washington, D.C. for the second Women in Secularism conference, sponsored by the Center for Inquiry. As promised, here’s my report. I was expecting the conference to be overwhelmingly attended by women, but I was pleasantly surprised that there was only a slight majority of women over men, maybe 55-45 [...]
A number of people have taken to Twitter to call for the resignation or ouster of Ron Lindsay from the Center for Inquiry (CFI). He has even been labeled a misogynist for his remarks at Women in Secularism 2. I am concerned that he may be forced out, and so I wrote to the CFI to express my support. Show More Summary
As you can see in the following Twitter exchange, captured by Elevatorgate, it sounds like the Women in Secularism 2 conference got off to an interesting start yesterday. Dr. Ron Lindsay, president and CEO of the Center for Inquiry, opened the conference. Show More Summary
The Secular Coalition for America has a Washington DC-based office headed by Edwina Rogers. The Center for Inquiry also has a DC-based Office of Public Policy headed by Michael De Dora. And the American Humanist Association is basedShow More Summary
Tomorrow, a coalition of atheist and secularist groups will hold (mostly) coordinated protests on behalf of the jailed atheist bloggers in Bangladesh. My employer, the Center for Inquiry, is among those leading the effort. I'm writing...Show More Summary
Nicolas "Bling Bling" Sarkozy, former President of La France, spouse of the immeasurably calm Carla Bruni, and deadringer for Mickey Mouse, is currently at the center of an inquiry into whether he took advantage of Liliane Bettencourt, the 90-year-old L'Oreal heiress, for some campaign financing after she was already certified as demented. Show More Summary
Another frantic first week of free agency has come and gone and, as per usual, the Green Bay Packers were as far from the center of the action as you can get. They made a few tentative inquiries, but ultimately, they wouldn't move past their price point and ended up not doing much of anything. Show More Summary
The following is a press release from the Center for Inquiry: Atheist Group Settles Landmark Discrimination Case with Michigan Country Club Plaintiff Calls Settlement “Unqualified Vindication” for Nonbelievers’ Rights A Michigan country...Show More Summary
Back in October of 2011, Richard Dawkins was scheduled to make an appearance at the Wyndgate Country Club in Rochester Hills, Michigan to promote his new-at-the-time book The Magic of Reality. In April of 2011, CFI filed a lawsuit against the country club. Yesterday, it was announced that CFI came out on top:
In May of last year, the Center for Inquiry (CFI) hosted Women in Secularism, a conference about issues of importance to women who identify as atheists, agnostics, secular humanists, and skeptics. It was the first event of its kind by a national secular organization to feature an all-female speaker lineup. You can see videos of the presentations and panels here.
In a highly-anticipated press conference Wednesday morning to address gun violence in the United States, President Barack Obama called for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to renew scientific inquiry into the relationship...Show More Summary
President Barack Obama called for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to renew scientific inquiry into the relationship between “video games, media images, and violence,” and urged Congress to support a bill that would grant the organization $10 million to conduct this new research.
The New York City Center for Inquiry is getting atheists and secular humanists together this Sunday for a rather unusual fundraising event—singing Christmas carols in Washington Square Park to raise money for the Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. Every penny raised will go to New York Cares. The idea is that many atheists still enjoy various [...]
The Center For Inquiry - Portland is doing something novel to celebrate the Winter Solstice: They're hosting a first-run musical!
"... saying only clergy or public officials are licensed to solemnize marriages." A lawsuit filed by the Indiana chapter of the Center for Inquiry argued that an Indiana law that requires marriages to be “solemnized” — made officialShow More Summary
[Editor's Note: Please welcome guest blogger Andrew Tripp, author of Considered Exclamations and president and co-founder of the DePaul Alliance for Free Thought, a Secular Student Alliance and Center for Inquiry on Campus affiliate. I invited Andrew to write this post following a conversation... Read More
Massimo and Julia visit Indianapolis for a heated debate, in this live episode of Rationally Speaking. At a symposium organized by the Center for Inquiry (CFI), they join up with John Shook, Director of Education and Senior Research fellow at the CFI, and the author of more than a dozen books on philosophy and religion. Show More Summary
Debbie Goddard, who has held several different positions at the Center for Inquiry, just got a well-deserved promotion. She's CFI's new Director of Outreach:
In the summer of 2009, I had an idea that I couldn’t get out of my head. I was a campus organizer for the Center for Inquiry On Campus at the time, and we were about to host dozens of secular college leaders from around the world for...Show More Summary