The UN’s Silence on Discrimination and Violence Against Non-Believers

March 18, 2013

Dr. Elizabeth O'Casey, CFI's representative at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, reports that the European Union has rejected an attempt to include non-religious persons in a resolution on freedom of religion or belief.

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Secularists Should Welcome Church-State Expert As New Head of Faith-Based Office

March 13, 2013

In a move that should draw praise from secularists, the White House confirmed today that it would appoint Melissa Rogers as the new director of the federal Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Rogers will replace Joshua DuBois, who stepped down last month.

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Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Bars Federally Funded Religious Discrimination

March 04, 2013

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, which Congress approved last week, includes important language which prevents groups that receive federal funds from discriminating based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, or gender identity. 


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Why CFI Opposed H.R. 592

February 13, 2013

Earlier today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill that would allow taxpayer money to go towards the rebuilding of houses of worship. Here's why the Center for Inquiry (CFI) opposed this measure.

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Center for Inquiry Concerned With New Accommodations on Birth Control Rule

February 01, 2013

The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding the birth control rule that alters what HHS considers as a "religious employer," and clarifies how coverage should be set up for employees of organizations that are exempt from the rule.


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UN Approves Landmark Measure Calling for Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation

January 02, 2013

In a move welcomed by the Center for Inquiry (CFI), the United Nations General Assembly has adopted by consensus its first-ever text caling for a global end to female genital mutilation. 

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Disgraceful Reactions to a Tragedy

December 14, 2012

Religious figures  Bryan Fischer and Mike Huckabee react to the deadly shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut by blaming separation of church and state.

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New Report Details Global Restrictions on Freedom of Belief and Expression

December 10, 2012

In recognition of Human Rights Day, the International Humanist and Ethical Union has released a report -- produced in collaboration with the Center for Inquiry, American Humanist Association, Secular Coalition for America, and the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason -- that details laws around the world which restrict the rights to freedom of belief and expression, and instances of nonreligious persons facing discrimination and persecution.

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Secularists Break New Ground at United Nations

December 06, 2012

In late October, a delegation representing the secular advocacy groups International Humanist and Ethical Union and Center for Inquiry had a first-of-its-kind meeting with the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief on discrimination against freethinkers around the world.  

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Three Significant Developments for the Right to Freedom of Expression

December 03, 2012

The month of November included three significant and positive developments regarding the right to freedom of expression, which recently has come under such harsh attack that the Center for Inquiry has launched a Campaign for Free Expression

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