Press Release Archives for June, 2017

House Committee Using Appropriations Scheme to Exempt Churches from IRS Rules

June 29, 2017

House Republicans are using the budget process to undermine the Johnson Amendment, the law that prevents churches and religious institutions from campaigning for political candidates. This “backdoor repeal” could result in a torrent of unaccountable money funneled through tax-exempt churches to their favored candidates. The Center for Inquiry (CFI), …Full Release »

CFI Urges Supreme Court: Don’t Allow Religion to Justify Discrimination in ‘Cakeshop’ Case

June 26, 2017

In deciding to hear the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission next term, the United States Supreme Court should take the opportunity to unequivocally state that religious freedom cannot be used as cover for denying rights to others, the Center for Inquiry said.

The …Full Release »

SCOTUS Trinity Lutheran Decision “Detonates a Massive Breach” in the Wall of Separation

June 26, 2017

The Center for Inquiry expressed its extreme disappointment with the Supreme Court’s decision in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, concerned that the ruling contradicts the long held understanding of the Establishment Clause and will allow churches and religious institutions to circumvent the constitutional restrictions on the …Full Release »

CFI and Richard Dawkins Decry Turkey’s “Unconscionable” Prohibition on Teaching Evolution

June 23, 2017

The Education Ministry of Turkey will no longer allow the teaching of evolution in schools, a decision that the Center for Inquiry and Richard Dawkins have denounced as an unconscionable neglect of Turkey’s students, and a troubling rejection of the country’s proud tradition of secularism.

“This is …Full Release »

Sinister ‘Blue Whale’ Suicide Game Alarms Parents—But Is It Real?

June 15, 2017

Scary warnings have been circulating on social media in recent months, asking parents, teachers, and police to beware of a hidden threat to children: a sinister online “Blue Whale game” that can kill! Understandably, this has led to calls for action to address this social media menace, but is …Full Release »

Pharmacist Betrayed Trust, Abdicated Scientific Role By Refusing Prescription, says CFI

June 07, 2017

An Albuquerque Walgreens pharmacist abdicated his responsibility as someone entrusted with scientific authority when he refused to fill a legal prescription because of his religious beliefs, said the Center for Inquiry. The discrimination suffered by this mother and young daughter with a valid prescription was worsened when Walgreens …Full Release »

Leaked Contraceptive Coverage Rule Places Bosses’ Religion Over Women’s Rights

June 02, 2017

The Center for Inquiry expressed its exasperation with and opposition to Thursday’s draft regulation regarding religious exceptions to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate.

A leaked Trump administration regulation would allow any corporation to claim a religious exemption to providing contraception under employer sponsored health insurance …Full Release »