News Archives for May 2013

Thank You, Alton Lemon (1928-2013)

May 28, 2013

In 1968, the state of Pennsylvania enacted a law that subsidized private religious schools with taxpayer dollars. The following year, a civil rights activist with degrees in mathematics and social work, Alton Lemon, joined a lawsuit challenging that statute for violating the Constitution’s prohibition on the establishment of religion. In 1971, the Supreme Court heard the case (Lemon v. Kurtzman) and struck down the law, establishing what became known as the “Lemon test.” That decision continues to serve as a keystone for subsequent decisions that have reinforced the principle of separation between church and state. Full Entry »

CFI Statement on the Tornado Disaster in Oklahoma and the Midwest

May 21, 2013

Everyone at the Center for Inquiry is heartbroken over the lives lost as a result of the tornadoes in Oklahoma and across the Midwest. Damage and devastation throughout the region is unprecedented, with yet-untold numbers of people injured, homes, schools, hospitals, and businesses destroyed, and tens of thousands without power. Full Entry »

Bill Nye, Susan Jacoby to Headline Major Skeptic-Humanist Joint Conference

May 01, 2013

The joint conference of the Center for Inquiry, the Council for Secular Humanism, and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, incorporating CSICon3. Full Entry »