Press Release Archives for May, 2016

First Ever ‘Atheist Studies’ Chair Endowed at University of Miami

May 20, 2016

The Center for Inquiry welcomed the news, published by the New York Times today, that University of Miami will establish a chair for atheist studies, the first such to be instituted at an American university. 

The University of Miami’s College of Arts and Sciences will establish …Full Release »

Threatened with Death, Bangladeshi Blogger Gets Asylum in Germany, Helped by Center for Inquiry

May 19, 2016

A secular writer and activist targeted for death by militant Islamists in Bangladesh has been granted asylum in Germany. After receiving several threats due to her advocacy, Shammi Haque sought help from the U.S.-based Center for Inquiry, which supplied her with emergency assistance to help ensure her safe relocation. …Full Release »

“Do No Harm” Act Would End RFRA’s Religious Impositions, Says Center for Inquiry

May 18, 2016

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) applauds and supports the introduction of the "Do No Harm Act," an amendment to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) that would prevent its use in situations that involve third-party harm, helping to end the law's sanctioning of religious discrimination and imposition.

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CFI Decries Supreme Court’s “Exasperating” Non-Decision on Zubik

May 16, 2016

The Center for Inquiry expressed dismay and frustration at today’s ruling by the Supreme Court in the case of Zubik v. Burwell, in which religious nonprofits challenged the accommodation granted to them to the Contraceptive Mandate of the Affordable Care Act, has been remanded back to the Circuit Courts. …Full Release »

Pressure Mounts on Bangladesh to Confront Killings of Secularists

May 12, 2016

Lawrence Krauss, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Rev. Gretta Vosper Join Broad Coalition Demanding Justice

Prominent public figures in science, literature, academia, and political activism have added their names to a distinguished coalition led by the Center for Inquiry aimed at confronting the Bangladesh government for its muddled and often callous …Full Release »

Human Rights Coalition Tells Bangladesh: Stop Blaming the Victims of Extremist Attacks

May 03, 2016

Reza Aslan, Sam Harris, Steven Pinker, Richard Dawkins, Salman Rushdie, and More Join Center for Inquiry’s Call for Justice 

The Center for Inquiry is leading a diverse, international coalition of distinguished scholars, activists, and human rights organizations to condemn Bangladesh government officials for callously blaming the victims …Full Release »