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Derek C. Araujo is Vice President and General Counsel of the Center for Inquiry, director of CFI's legal programs, and CFI's Representative to the United Nations. He graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in physics, and earned a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, where he served as a Senior Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. During his college years, he was the founding President of the Campus Freethought Alliance (now CFI On Campus) and of the Harvard Secular Society.

Power Lines and Cancer, Distant Healing and Health Care: Magnetism Misrepresented and Misunderstood

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 35.3, May/June 2011

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Power Lines and Cancer, Distant Healing and Health Care: Magnetism Misrepresented and Misunderstood

The 1990s fear that background magnetic fields—hundreds of times weaker than Earth’s magnetic field—could cause cancer has been replaced.

Goodbye (For Now)

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 8, 2011
Goodbye (For Now)
Later this month I will leave CFI's employment to pursue graduate studies in physics.  Thank you to my friends and colleagues for a wonderful four years.

Ballot Initiative, Motivated by CSH Lawsuit, Would Gut FL Constitution’s Church-State Separation

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 9, 2011
Ballot Initiative, Motivated by CSH Lawsuit, Would Gut FL Constitution’s Church-State Separation
Florida voters will weigh changes to the state constitution to allow government funding of religious institutions.

Supreme Court Thwarts Challenge of Religious School Subsidies; Taxpayer Standing Demolished

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 4, 2011
Supreme Court Thwarts Challenge of Religious School Subsidies; Taxpayer Standing Demolished
The Court's decision allows legislatures to circumvent the Establishment Clause by issuing tax credits instead of appropriations

UN Human Rights Council Abandons “Defamation of Religions” Concept

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 26, 2011
UN Human Rights Council Abandons “Defamation of Religions” Concept
In a welcome change, a UN HRC resolution on religious freedom makes no mention of the so-called "defamation of religions."

Sign Your Name to CFI’s Wal-Mart Homeopathy Statement

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 24, 2011
Sign Your Name to CFI’s Wal-Mart Homeopathy Statement
Join CFI in telling Wal-Mart: Stop Lying to your Customers about Homeopathy

CFI, IHEU Collaborate to Oppose Blasphemy Laws at UN

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 16, 2011
CFI, IHEU Collaborate to Oppose Blasphemy Laws at UN
CFI and the International Humanist and Ethical Union delivered a joint statement this week at the UN opposing blasphemy laws.

Join CFI in Demanding the Release of Malawi’s Jailed “Witches”

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 24, 2011
Join CFI in Demanding the Release of Malawi’s Jailed “Witches”
Please help persuade the President of Malawi to release the dozens of mostly elderly women accused of "witchcraft."

NM Legislature Introduces Anti-Evolution Bill

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 15, 2011
NM Legislature Introduces Anti-Evolution Bill
The New Mexico House of Representatives will consider a bill designed to gut teaching about evolution by natural selection.

CFI-San Francisco to Participate in Homeopathy “Overdose” Event, Saturday, Feb. 5

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 2, 2011
CFI-San Francisco to Participate in Homeopathy “Overdose” Event, Saturday, Feb. 5
CFI-San Francisco will participate in a mass "overdose" event to demonstrate that homeopathy simply does not work.

UK to Consider Reform of Science-Stifling Libel Laws

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 26, 2011
UK to Consider Reform of Science-Stifling Libel Laws
The UK may revise libel laws that have chilled scientific research and expression about fraud, human rights, and other issues.

What’s Your Sign Now?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 14, 2011
What’s Your Sign Now?
Your Zodiac sign may have changed after Asrtonomers corrected for the precession of Earth's axis since Babylonian times.

House GOP to Prevent EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 11, 2011
House GOP to Prevent EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
House Republicans are threatening to gut the EPA's budget in a ploy to prevent regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.

House Republicans Appoint Climate Change Deniers to Committee Chairs

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 4, 2011
House Republicans Appoint Climate Change Deniers to Committee Chairs
The Republican Leadership has appointed climate science deniers to the chairmanships of several important House committees.

Critic of Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law Shot Dead

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 4, 2011
Critic of Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law Shot Dead
Police say Governor Salman Taseer was murdered because of his vocal opposition to Pakistan's blasphemy law.

Obama Administration Releases Scientific Integrity Guidelines

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 18, 2010
Obama Administration Releases Scientific Integrity Guidelines
After more than a year of delays, the Obama administration finally issued guidelines for protecting scientific integrity.

Republican Leadership Subjects Funding of National Science Foundation Projects to Text Message Votes

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 8, 2010
Republican Leadership Subjects Funding of National Science Foundation Projects to Text Message Votes
The new House leadership wants laypersons, not trained experts, to judge the worth of scientific research projects.

Republicans to Kill Climate Change Committee

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 2, 2010
Republicans to Kill Climate Change Committee
The office of incoming House speaker John Boehner says Republicans will scrap the House Select Committee on Energy Independence.

Indiana Father Says Court Stripped Him of Child Custody Because of His Agnosticism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 30, 2010
Indiana Father Says Court Stripped Him of Child Custody Because of His Agnosticism
Craig Scarberry says an Indiana court stripped him of joint custody of his three children because he became an agnostic.

UN to Take Up Measure Suppressing Religious Criticism; Votes Against Sexual Orientation Protection

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 19, 2010
UN to Take Up Measure Suppressing Religious Criticism; Votes Against Sexual Orientation Protection
After voting against sexual orientation protection, the UN will consider a resolution against "defamation of religions."

Obama Executive Order Leaves In Place Many Bush-Era Policies on Faith-Based Initiatives

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 17, 2010
Obama Executive Order Leaves In Place Many Bush-Era Policies on Faith-Based Initiatives
The President issued an executive order preserving Bush's policy of allowing hiring discrimination in Faith-Based Initiatives.

New Republican Leadership Promises Inaction, Obstruction on Climate Change

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 16, 2010
New Republican Leadership Promises Inaction, Obstruction on Climate Change
The new House leadership promises to halt climate change legislation and investigate climate scientists for alleged wrongdoing.

Energy Committee Chairman Candidate Says Bible Shows No Catastrophic Climate Change Can Occur

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 10, 2010
Energy Committee Chairman Candidate Says Bible Shows No Catastrophic Climate Change Can Occur
Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), candidate for chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, says God promised no major climate change.

The Overlooked Casualties of the 2010 Elections: State Court Judges

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 3, 2010
The Overlooked Casualties of the 2010 Elections: State Court Judges
Iowa voters ousted three state supreme court judges for making Iowa the first Midwestern state to legalize same-sex marriage.

Junk Medicine and Health Care Reform: Where Was the Scientific Community?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 26, 2010
Junk Medicine and Health Care Reform: Where Was the Scientific Community?
The scientific community as a whole should speak out about wasteful spending on junk medical treatments.

CFI Submits Testimony on DC Marriage Officiant Act

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 15, 2010
CFI Submits Testimony on DC Marriage Officiant Act
Pending legislation would allow secular officiants to perform marriages in Washington, DC as public notaries.

Federal Court Issues Worldwide Injunction Against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 12, 2010
Federal Court Issues Worldwide Injunction Against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
A federal judge today issued a worldwide injunction against the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.

CFI Urges Federal Appellate Court to Strike Down Government-Mandated Day of Prayer

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 8, 2010
CFI Urges Federal Appellate Court to Strike Down Government-Mandated Day of Prayer
CFI submitted an amicus brief on behalf of the Freedom From Religion Foundation in their case challenging the Day of Prayer.

Catholic Archbishop Lectures Supreme Court Justices on Church and State

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 5, 2010
Catholic Archbishop Lectures Supreme Court Justices on Church and State
Justices Scalia, Thomas, Alito, Roberts and Breyer were present for Archbishop Di Noia's politically-charged "Red Mass"

Atheists, Agnostics Trump Believers in Religious Knowledge Test

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 28, 2010
The Pew Forum found that atheists, agnostics scored highest on a basic religion test, along with Jews and Mormons.

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