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Derek C. Araujo

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Derek C. Araujo is a teaching fellow and Ph.D. candidate at the Columbia University Department of Physics. He is a former Vice President and General Counsel of the Center for Inquiry.

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

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

CFI Urges UN Human Rights Council to Reject “Defamation of Religions” Resolution

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March 24, 2010
The Human Rights Council is poised to suppress criticism of religion in the name of protecting human rights.

CFI Urges Supreme Court to Deny Religious Student Group’s Right to Violate Non-Discrimination Policy

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March 16, 2010
CFI Urges Supreme Court to Deny Religious Student Group’s Right to Violate Non-Discrimination Policy
The Supreme Court will soon decide a Christian student group’s right to violate a public university's non-discrimination policy.

CFI-India Representative Arrested for “Hurting the Sentiments of Muslims”

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March 15, 2010
CFI responds to the arrest of Dr. Innaiah Narisetti and others for "hurting the sentiments of Muslims."

Scientology Defectors Say Church Hides Abuse

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March 7, 2010
Defectors from the Church of Scientology say they suffered beatings and other abuse.

Nun “Cured” by Pope John Paul II Falls Ill Again

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March 5, 2010
Nun “Cured” by Pope John Paul II Falls Ill Again
A nun who claims the late pope cured her of Parkinson's has fallen ill again.

Scientologists Hire Famed Reporters to Investigate Enemies

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February 22, 2010
The Church of Scientology is paying journalists to "investigate" a paper that has reported on the church's activities.

Apocalypse How?

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February 15, 2010
The Virginia House has passed a bill meant to save humanity from "mark of the beast" microchip implants.

CBS Shows Ideological Bias in Accepting Super Bowl Ads

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February 1, 2010
CBS has chosen its Super Bowl ads. Ads for gay dating are out; Religious Right anti-abortion commercials are in.

Federal Appeals Court Upholds “Secular” Ten Commandments Display

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January 18, 2010
A recent ruling by the 6th Circuit illustrates the changing legal landscape confronting defenders of church-state separation.

Council for Secular Humanism Fights Appeal of its Court Victory in Florida

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January 13, 2010
CSH has submitted briefs against an appeal of its courtroom victory in its challenge of faith-based programs in Florida.

NYC Mayor Includes Atheists at Interfaith Breakfast

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January 7, 2010
For the first time in eight years, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg invited atheists to attend his annual interfaith breakfast.

Magnetic Therapy for Dogs?!  Only in New York.

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December 28, 2009
Magnetic Therapy for Dogs?!  Only in New York.
What better medical treatment for an adorable puppy than Bach flower therapy?

UN Passes “Defamation of Religions” Resolution

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December 21, 2009
The UN General Assembly has again passed a "defamation of religions" resolution, but with less support than last year.

Federal Appeals Court Reviews Mt. Soledad Cross Case

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December 17, 2009
A 3-judge panel considered whether the Mt. Soledad cross can remain on public land. How the court will decide is anyone's guess.

Council for Secular Humanism Wins Victory in Case Challenging Faith-Based Prison Programs

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December 15, 2009
CSH won an important victory in its case challenging the use of tax dollars to provide faith-based programs in Florida prisons.

Survey Shows Rise in Paranormal Beliefs, Blending of Christian, New Age, Eastern Religion

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December 12, 2009
A new poll shows increased belief in the paranormal, as well as a mixing of traditional religion and New Age fantasy.

Supreme Court to Decide Christian Student Group’s Right to Violate Non-Discrimination Policy

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December 7, 2009
The Supreme Court today granted cert. in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez.

Supreme Court Denies Cert. in Case Involving Valedictorian’s Religious Graduation Address

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November 30, 2009
The Supreme Court declined to take a school prayer case involving a high schooler's unexpectedly religious valedictory address.

Pakistan Pushes Irish Blasphemy Law Language at the UN

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November 23, 2009
Ireland criminalized blasphemy in July. Pakistan is now using Ireland's blasphemy law to push UN member states to do the same.

Who’s a Jew? In the UK, Judges Decide

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November 8, 2009
A British Court weighs in on who counts as Jewish.

House Democrats’ Health Care Reform Bill Doesn’t Mandate Coverage for Faith Healing

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November 2, 2009
Thankfully, the House's health care reform bill doesn't mandate coverage for faith healing.

Church of Scientology Convicted of Fraud in France

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October 27, 2009
A French court has conviceted the Church of Scientology of fraud. Was it right to do so?

CFI Opposes “Defamation of Religions” Resolution at the UN

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October 22, 2009
The Organization of Islamic Conference wants to condemn "defamation" of religious beliefs as a human rights violation.

Stephen Colbert on Salazar v. Buono Cross Case

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October 14, 2009
A recent Stephen Colbert segment skewers Supreme Court Justice Scalia's comments during oral argument in Salazar v. Buono.

Health Care Reform Proposals Would Pay Christian Scientists to Pray

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October 13, 2009
Christian Scientists want prayer-based "healing" to be covered by health insurance.

Alt Med Proponents Trumpet Lobbying Success on Health Care Reform

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October 6, 2009
Alternative Medicine lobbyists are crowing about the inclusion of alt med in the Senate health care reform bill.

CFI Report Objects to Taxpayer Funding for Therapeutic Touch, Alternative Medicine Therapies

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September 28, 2009
The Senate's health care reform bill would cover non-evidence based "treatments" that have no grounding in science.

Insurer Pays Settlement for Discrimination Against Atheists and Agnostics

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September 28, 2009
A DesMoines-based insurance company has paid a $74,000 settlement for discriminating against non-believers.

Scalia Knocks Church-State Separation in Jewish Newspaper

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September 21, 2009
Antonin Scalia tells Hamodia that government neutrality between religion and non-religion is "not the American tradition"

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