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Derek C. Araujo

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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.

CFI, Council for Secular Humanism Join Amicus Brief on Religious School Subsidies

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 23, 2010
CFI, Council for Secular Humanism Join Amicus Brief on Religious School Subsidies
CFI and the Council argued Arizona's tax breaks for donations to religious school scholarships violates the Establishment Clause

Scalia: Constitution Does Not Protect Women, Gays from Discrimination

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 20, 2010
Scalia: Constitution Does Not Protect Women, Gays from Discrimination
Justice Antonin Scalia announced his view that the Constitution does not bar discrimination against women, gays and lesbians.

Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Weigh In on Intelligent Design, Curriculum Standards

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 13, 2010
Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his opponent, Houston Mayor Bill White, have responded to questions on K-12 education.

Judge Halts Stem Cell Research Funding

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 23, 2010
Judge Halts Stem Cell Research Funding
A federal district judge ruled that all embryonic stem cell research is an illegal violation of the Dickey-Wicker Amendment.

City Council’s 10 Commandments Proposal Sparks Heated Exchange

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 17, 2010
The Marion, IL city council wants to install a Ten Commandments monument in the town square, "in God's will."

CFI Commends House Resolution on Texas Curriculum Revisions

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 10, 2010
CFI joined 22 other advocacy groups in thanking Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson's resolution supporting sound education.

Chino Valley High Schools to Teach “Bible as Literature”

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 10, 2010
Chino Valley High Schools to Teach “Bible as Literature”
Critics say the elective class is an attempt to use public school resources to push religion.

More on Perry v. Schwarzenegger

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 4, 2010
More on Perry v. Schwarzenegger
Today's decision provides a refreshingly frank consideration of the religious motives behind the gay marriage ban.

Louisiana School District Flirts with Creationism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 3, 2010
Louisiana School District Flirts with Creationism
The Livingston Parish School Board is considering whether to teach of creationism in public school science classrooms.

Ogopogo Lake Monster Goes Missing

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 27, 2010
Ogopogo Lake Monster Goes Missing
A fake news story provides comic relief for frustrated skeptics.

Poll Shows Texans Dissatisfied with State School Board Curriculum Revisions

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 21, 2010
Poll Shows Texans Dissatisfied with State School Board Curriculum Revisions
A new poll shows that more than 2/3rds of likely voters in Texas support reform of the state school board.

Is Political Interference with Science Continuing under Obama?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 12, 2010
Is Political Interference with Science Continuing under Obama?
Despite the President's promises to protect scientific integrity, some report a culture of politics trumping science.

Florida Supreme Court Denies Review of Council for Secular Humanism Legal Victory

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 9, 2010
Florida Supreme Court Denies Review of Council for Secular Humanism Legal Victory
The Council's suit against state funding of sectarian prison drug rehabilitation programs may finally proceed to trial.

Supreme Court Rules Christian Group Can’t Demand Funding while Violating Non-Discrimination Policies

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 28, 2010
Supreme Court Rules Christian Group Can’t Demand Funding while Violating Non-Discrimination Policies
The Supreme Court ruled that religious student orgs that violate non-discrimination policies cannot demand public funding.

CFI Urges Senate Judiciary Committee to Question Kagan on Religious Liberty

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 25, 2010
CFI Urges Senate Judiciary Committee to Question Kagan on Religious Liberty
CFI urged the Committee to determine Kagan's views on taxpayer funding of religious orgs, exemptions from civil rights laws.

Message to Congress: Stop Wasting Taxpayer Dollars on Junk Medical Research

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 23, 2010
Message to Congress: Stop Wasting Taxpayer Dollars on Junk Medical Research
The US government could save $240 million - and improve biomedical research - by eliminating funding for alt med research.

Live Blogging of Closing Arguments in CA Same Sex Marriage Case - Wed., June 16

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 15, 2010
Live Blogging of Closing Arguments in CA Same Sex Marriage Case - Wed., June 16
Interested CFI supporters may follow closing arguments via live blogging; video cameras have been barred from the courtroom.

CFI Publishes Position Paper Criticizing Government Funding of Acupuncture

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 8, 2010
CFI argues that government funding of discredited acupuncture therapy lowers standards of care and degrades respect for science.

“Gay Exorcisms”: Free Exercise of Religion, or Child Abuse?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 8, 2010
“Gay Exorcisms”: Free Exercise of Religion, or Child Abuse?
Some Pentacostal and Evangelical churches "exorcise demons" that "cause" homosexuality. Many who undergo exorcisms are minors.

Climate Science on Trial

Opinion
June 3, 2010

Why climate scientists should refuse to engage global warming deniers in public debates.

Texas Board of Education to Target Church-State Separation

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 17, 2010
Texas Board of Education to Target Church-State Separation
The state board of education that removed Thomas Jefferson from US history books now seeks to erase the Wall of Separation.

Anti-Gay “Family Research Council” Co-founder Caught with Male Escort

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 6, 2010
George Alan Rekers, a longtime, prominent anti-gay activist, recently took a 10-day European vacation with a male escort.

Supreme Court Embraces Congressional Scheme to Maintain Cross Inside Federal Park

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 29, 2010
Supreme Court Embraces Congressional Scheme to Maintain Cross Inside Federal Park
A 5-4 conservative majority blessed a legislative scheme to maintain an eight-foot Christian cross in a federal park.

Council for Secular Humanism Celebrates Another Court Victory in Florida

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 29, 2010
The Florida Supreme Court could hear the Council's case challenging government funding of sectarian social service providers.

Physicist Stephen Hawking Warns of Hostile Space Invaders

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 26, 2010
Physicist Stephen Hawking Warns of Hostile Space Invaders
Stephen Hawking says that humans should avoid, rather than seek extraterrestrial intelligence.

Supreme Court Splits in Argument over Religious Group’s Violation of Non-Discrimination Policy

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 19, 2010
Supreme Court Splits in Argument over Religious Group’s Violation of Non-Discrimination Policy
The Court is split on whether a religious student group has a right to public funds while excluding gays, non-Christians

Federal Court Rules National Day of Prayer Unconstitutional

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 15, 2010
Federal Court Rules National Day of Prayer Unconstitutional
US District Judge Judge Barbara B. Crabb ruled that the "National Day of Prayer" violates the Establishment Clause.

Dawkins, Hitchens Call for Arrest and Trial of Pope Benedict

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 13, 2010
Dawkins, Hitchens Call for Arrest and Trial of Pope Benedict
Lawyers for Dawkins and Hitchens are exploring the possibility of prosecuting the Pope for crimes against humanity.

Vatican Compares Criticism of Church’s Handling of Child Rape to Persecution of Jews

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 2, 2010
In Good Friday remarks, a senior priest compared the uproar over sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church to anti-Semitism.

UN Human Rights Council Passes “Defamation of Religions” Resolution by Slim Margin

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 25, 2010
Although the HRC approved a non-binding anti-blasphemy measure, criticism of the "defamation of religions" concept is growing.

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