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'It Should Be Shut Down': Untold Misery at UK Immigration Center

A leaked report by the United Nations special rapporteur on violence against women calls for an urgent independent inquiry into Yarl’s Wood immigration center in the UK that detains around 400 women.

Skeptics Dare Heartland Institute to Take Up $25,000 Climate Challenge

This is a press release from the Center for Inquiry: Skeptics Dare Heartland Institute to Take Up $25,000 Climate Challenge A leading science advocacy group is throwing down the gauntlet to the Heartland Institute, a group that claims that global warming stopped in 1998, with a stark, simple challenge: If the 30-year average global land…

Support CFI’s Freethought Rescue Project

In light of the continuing murders of atheists in Bangladesh and the apathy of the Bangladeshi government, the Center for Inquiry has launched a very worthy project: a Freethought Rescue Fund to bring threatened activists to the U.S. or other secular-friendly countries and help them live here in safety. (At least one of the murdered [Read More...]

A Judge Dismissed Their Lawsuit, but Atheists Won the Ability to Officiate Weddings in Minnesota County

Last year, the Center For Inquiry won a lawsuit against the state of Indiana, giving non-religious people who were Secular Celebrants the ability to officiate weddings. Before they stepped in, the only way an atheist could officiateShow More Summary

There’s Definitely Some Magic Involved

Maybe his show, too, will vanish in a puff of smoke... (Via Joe Nickell at the Center For Inquiry)

How the FDA Can More Effectively Regulate Homeopathic Products

Earlier today, the Food and Drug Administration held a public hearing on the topic of "Homeopathic Product Regulation" and the Center For Inquiry's Michael De Dora offered testimony on the issue. Since banning homeopathic medicine is out of the question, what should the government do? De Dora offered these suggestions:

Center For Inquiry Will Testify Against Homeopathy During Upcoming FDA Hearings

The Food and Drug Administration has finally decided to hold public hearings regarding the regulation of homeopathic drugs, and it's good to know that the Center For Inquiry, which has long campaigned against the selling of the expensive placebo masquerading as real medicine, will be providing testimony:

Softbank’s Supercomputer Solution for Call Centers Is Elementary: Watson

Tired of waiting on hold while telephone operators handle inquiries from other callers? SoftBank is looking for another hi-tech solution to improve customer service, this time using a supercomputer rather than a robot.

American Atheists’ Outreach at CPAC: Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Conservatives? I Am.

Categories: Activism Religion Skepticism Tags: atheismFeaturedpolitics I first connected with Jamila Bey because of Skepchick. Back in late 2005 or early 2006, months before working for the Center for Inquiry, I responded to a journalist’s request on a Black Freethinkers... (Read more...)

Get Your Free “Vaccinate” Stickers

You know you want this sticker: The Center For Inquiry will send you two of them for free (so you can give one to a friend) -- all you have to do is fill out this form!

Center For Inquiry is Offering Free Membership to Students Right Now

This is a pretty sweet deal: If you're a high school or college student, you can become a member of the Center for Inquiry for free through the end of March!

Michael Urie Helms 'What's Your Emergency' Web Series, To Debut This Month

It's been estimated that 240 million calls are made to 911 in the U.S. each year. Still, only a select few have been privy to the behind-the-scenes goings-on at the call centers responsible for handling those emergency inquiries. AnShow More Summary

On The Assassination of Comedians

In response to the vicious murder of 10 artists working for Charlie Hebdo and 2 police officers protecting the satirical magazine’s offices, CEO of the Center for Inquiry Ronald A. Lindsay said, “We are heartbroken by the unthinkable...Show More Summary

Forget North Korean Threats; Center For Inquiry Tells Sony Pictures It’ll Gladly Screen The Interview

Yesterday, as Sony Pictures announced that it would not release the Seth Rogan/James Franco movie The Interview because of threats from North Korea, the Center for Inquiry stepped up and said it would be glad to host screenings of the film:

Minnesota County Sued for Denying Atheists the Ability to Officiate a Wedding

Earlier this year, the Center For Inquiry won a lawsuit against the state of Indiana, giving non-religious people who were Secular Celebrants the ability to officiate weddings. Before they stepped in, the only way an atheist could officiate...Show More Summary

U.S. Authorities Seek Data on Indymedia Athens

On September 5, the U.S. Department of Justice issued to the organization and Web hosting provider May First an inquiry about one of its members, Greece-based Center for Independent Media Athens, also known as Indymedia Athens. Founded in 2005, May First is a non-profit organization dedicated to provide cooperative Internet services, such as...

U.S. Air Force Violates Constitution by Requiring Enlistees to Swear "So Help Me God."

9 months agoNews : Reason

In a letter to the Secretary of the Air Force the secular humanist group the Center for Inquiry (CFI) cites the case of an atheist airman who was, allegedly, denied reenlistment because he refused o utter "So help me God" when affirming his oath to defend the Constitution. Show More Summary

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 › ]

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