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Prodding Nones to Vote
Volume 39, No. 4
June / July 2019

Progressives hope for an America where health care is a human right for everyone, women’s right to choose remains secure, gays are safe from cruelty, people of all sorts are welcome equally in a multicultural society, college is affordable without crushing debt, marijuana no longer brings jail terms, safety measures curb gun massacres, sensible steps …

Humanism Needs an Upgrade: Is Sentientism the Philosophy That Could Save the World?
Volume 39, No. 3
April / May 2019

There is a little-known philosophy, well-founded in reality, that provides a sound basis for compassionate ethics and which will eventually become our predominant way of thinking. That’s partly because adopting this philosophy will give us the best chance of addressing the world’s problems, from the climate change crisis to the impact of artificial general intelligence. …

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Safeguarding Religious Liberty in Charitable Choice and Faith-Based Initiatives
Volume 29, No. 4
June / July 2009
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The following article was developed as a position paper by the Center for Inquiry’s Office of Public Policy in Washington, D.C., and released on February 6, 2009. The reviewers were Paul Kurtz, Derek Araujo, Ronald A. Lindsay, and Toni Van Pelt.—Eds. Government-funded social-service programs conducted by religious organizations are becoming increasingly sectarian. The Center for …


The Faith-Based Initiative 2.0: Can We Unplug It?
Volume 29, No. 4
June / July 2009

In an ideal world, there would be no such thing as a government-run “faith-based” initiative. A federal office that does nothing but look for ways to funnel mo ney to religious organizations is hard to square with the separation of church and state. But the reality is that we are way beyond that discussion. The …


Keeping the Faith, Ignoring the History
Volume 29, No. 4
June / July 2009

Nearly everyone now takes for granted the wisdom, constitutionality, and inevitability of some form of federal financing for community social services run by religious groups. Who anymore can imagine that the United States managed to exist for over two hundred years without the government providing any direct aid to faith and its works? It is …


Safeguarding Religious Liberty in Charitable Choice and Faith-Based Initiatives
Volume 29, No. 4
June / July 2009
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The following article was developed as a position paper by the Center for Inquiry’s Office of Public Policy in Washington, D.C., and released on February 6, 2009. The reviewers were Paul Kurtz, Derek Araujo, Ronald A. Lindsay, and Toni Van Pelt.—Eds. Government-funded social-service programs conducted by religious organizations are becoming increasingly sectarian. The Center for …


The Faith-Based Initiative 2.0: Can We Unplug It?
Volume 29, No. 4
June / July 2009

In an ideal world, there would be no such thing as a government-run “faith-based” initiative. A federal office that does nothing but look for ways to funnel mo ney to religious organizations is hard to square with the separation of church and state. But the reality is that we are way beyond that discussion. The …