Saudi Arabia Tries to Stop Center for Inquiry From Delivering Statement at Human Rights Council

June 23, 2014

This morning at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Saudi Arabia tried three times to stop the Center for Inquiry (CFI) from delivering a statement criticizing the country for its human rights violations. Ultimately, their efforts failed, and CFI was allowed to speak. 

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Raif Badawi sentenced to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam

May 07, 2014

Raif Badawi, founder of the website Liberal Saudi Network, has been sentenced to ten years in prison, 1,000 lashes, and fined one million riyal (USD $266,631) for insulting Islam. 

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Alexander Aan released from prison

January 31, 2014

Yes, the news reports are accurate: Alexander Aan, a former Indonesian civil servant jailed for expressing his lack of belief in a God on Facebook, was released from prison January 27 after serving 18 months of a 30-month sentence. 


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International Blasphemy Rights Day: An Interview With Persecuted Atheists

September 30, 2013

The Center for Inquiry will mark International Blasphemy Rights Day on Monday, September 30, part by hosting an online discussion with Alber Saber and Kacem El-Ghazzali, both of whom have been forced to leave their home countries over blasphemy charges.

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Ban on “Pulpit Politicking” Protects Taxpayers, Religious Believers

August 14, 2013

Religious leaders today released a new report that calls for an end to the ban on tax-exempt organizations, such as houses of worship and nonprofit groups, engaging in partisan political activities. But, despite what its opponents claim, the ban is based on sound reasoning.

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Why the Obama Administration is Wrong About Legislative Prayer

August 09, 2013

The Obama administration has filed an amicus brief in the upcoming Supreme Court case Town of Greece v. Galloway, claiming that prayers before legislative meetings are and should remain legal.

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Center for Inquiry Mixed on Finalized Birth Control Rule

July 01, 2013

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Friday issued a finalized birth control rule, which requires all employers — apart from houses of worship and religiously affiliated organizations — to provide employees contraceptive coverage without charging a co-payment. The announcement marks the end of a nearly two-year regulatory battle between HHS officials and advocacy groups, including the Center for Inquiry (CFI).

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On mission drift, and the gap between theory and practice

May 09, 2013

Some thoughts on Greta Christina's recent blog post discussing the issue of whether it would be "mission drift" for atheist and skeptic organizations to engage in social justice activism.


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No Flag Large Enough to Cover the Shame - Guest Post from Dr. Avijit Roy

May 01, 2013

On May 2, CFI and other organizations will take part in protests around the world against the persecution of atheist bloggers and other dissidents in Bangladesh.  

Dr. Avijit Roy is a Bangladeshi writer perhaps best known for founding Mukto-Mona.com, a website for freethinkers of Bengali and South Asian descent. Over the past several weeks he has been an extremely important contact for the Center for Inquiry, providing us with critical updates regarding the situation in Bangladesh, and connecting us with people in Bangladesh who are in need of assistance. The following is a guest post from Dr. Roy, originally posted at his blog.

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Marriage equality and religious freedom are compatible

March 27, 2013

A brief response to Erick Erickson, who claims that marriage equality is incompatible with religious freedom. 

 

 

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