Recent Entries by Paul Fidalgo, Communications Director

CFI Builds Bridges with the California Faith Community

March 20, 2018

The Center for Inquiry is many things, but one thing it decidedly is not is a “faith-based organization.” Nonetheless, in representing the interests of skeptics and the nonreligious, it is crucial that CFI and other secularist organizations are fully represented in discussions about the role of religion in public life. After all, the religiously unaffiliated make up almost a quarter of the U.S. population. That’s why CFI was proud to be represented by the executive director of CFI’s west coast operations, Jim Underdown, at an interfaith conference hosted by California Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes on March 10.

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Interview with Hemant Mehta, the Friendly Atheist: Guest Post by Susan Gerbic

March 24, 2017

Guest Post by Susan Gerbic 

Hemant Mehta is best known for his blog on Patheos, Friendly Atheist; he also has a podcast of the same name and has written about selling his soul on eBay. He has two other books, The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide and The Friendly Atheist: Thoughts on the Role of Religion in Politics and Media.

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Stepping Back from Secular Movement Leadership, Lyz Liddell to Leave CFI

September 14, 2016

Lyz Liddell, who recently came on board to serve as CFI’s Vice President of Programming, has decided to step down for personal reasons unrelated to her position at CFI or the organization. 

Lyz explains her decision in the following statement...

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CFI–Uganda Educates and Celebrates with Science and Humanism

February 19, 2016

We just got a great report from CFI–Uganda, a very active CFI branch that deals with things like the problem of belief in witchcraft among much of the population and superstitions about medicine and disease. And they tackle these issues, and many more, directly, person by person.

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Ron Lindsay Visits CFI–Kenya and Launches Humanists Orphans Center

November 12, 2015

This is a special guest post by George Ongere of CFI–Kenya. 

On November 10 and 11, 2015, CFI President and CEO Ron Lindsay visited CFI–Kenya. Ron’s visit during this time was very important because he was coming to officially launch the Humanist Orphans Center, which is a project of CFI–Kenya, located in the rural of Kisumu County. While launching the center, Ron stressed the importance of education to the growing generation and explained the commitment of the Center for Inquiry to supporting vulnerable children living in disadvantaged areas to make them realize their potential.

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CFI–Kenya: The Plight of Children in Africa and Our Humanist Efforts

July 15, 2015

This is a special guest post by George Ongere of CFI–Kenya.

In Africa, children often find themselves in unfortunate situations due to local beliefs, practises and representations, which always lead to mistreatment, exploitation, violence and deaths. In most cases, a great number of children find themselves in circumstances that they do not understand or comprehend; and sadly, they can be hacked to death or chased away from the only families and homes they have known in their entire lives without any explanations given to them.

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‘We Can Now Afford to Dream Again’ - How You Helped Humanists in Uganda

October 08, 2014

This past summer, we asked you to help us lend a hand to our humanist allies in Uganda, the Humanist Association for Leadership, Equity, and Accountability. HALEA’s offices, located in the slums of Kamapala, were robbed, during which a security guard was severely beaten (and who is now recovering well, I’m happy to say), and the offices were stripped of everything of value: computers, cameras, phones, printers, microphones, power cords, media players, and more. ...

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CFI–Kenya Report: African Humanism and its Agenda

July 08, 2014

This is a special guest post by George Ongere of CFIKenya.

One of the problems that have arisen in the recent times amongst humanists in Africa is the definition of “African Humanism”, or what should be termed as Africa humanism. Thus, confusions have always caught up with many Africans when it comes to connecting the two terms; “Africa” and “humanism.”

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Choosing Our Targets for #TwitterTheocracy

June 20, 2014

Secular activists and other free speech advocates were pleased to see Twitter unlock the accounts of users who had been blocked at the request of the Pakistani government. So are we, but we also want to make clear that the problem has not by any means been solved.

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The ACLJ’s Hypocrisy on Blasphemy Laws

May 22, 2014

Combatting the global epidemic of blasphemy laws, apostasy laws, and other draconian measures that severely restrict free expression, is a core part of CFI’s mission. For some of us, myself included, it’s the most important work we do, fighting to free those being persecuted for expressing their beliefs, and working to curtail the laws that enable this kind of oppression. And while it can’t be at the top of every group’s agenda, I often take for granted that everyone in the U.S. at least generally agrees with us: that free expression is a universal human right. But leave it to the religious right: They never fail to disappoint.

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