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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An Interview on CFI’s Office of Public Policy

November 15, 2012

Recently I had the chance to speak with SkepChick blogger and Surly-Ramics creator Amy Davis Roth regarding the Center for Inquiry's Office of Public Policy and its wide-ranging advocacy efforts.

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Islamic bloc abandons push for blasphemy ban at UN

October 18, 2012

In important but underreported news, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has abandoned its push for a global ban on blasphemy at the United Nations.

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Center for Inquiry Issues New Position Paper on School Vouchers

October 16, 2012

The Center for Inquiry's Office of Public Policy has released a new position paper critical of school voucher programs that divert taxpayer dollars from the public education system to private and religious schools. 

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Some thoughts on the Nones

October 09, 2012

A couple thoughts on today's survey from the Pew Research Center that shows one in five Americans are unaffiliated with any religious tradition.

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Secular Groups Release First Annual Report on Global Discrimination Against the Nonreligious

October 02, 2012

Five prominent secular groups -- the Center for Inquiry, American Humanist Association, International Humanist and Ethical Union, Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, and the Secular Coalition for America -- release a 45-page collaborative report titled, "2012 Report on Discrimination against Atheists, Humanists, and the Nonreligious."

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Secular Groups Meet with State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom

August 21, 2012

Earlier this month, representatives from several secular organizations, including the Center for Inquiry, met with the U.S. Department of State's Office of International Religious Freedom in Washington D.C. to discuss the secular community and its views on religious freedom.

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Alexander Aan is still in prison

August 16, 2012

CFI's petition to the White House on behalf of jailed Indonesian atheist Alexander Aan closed today with 8,000 signatures, well short of the 25,000 necessary to secure an official response from the Obama administration. Yet while we fell short, we are resolved to keep working his case.

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