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The Hate Multiverse
June 1, 2020

A once-powerful country, now ruled by a TV showman being propped up by religious fundamentalists, its nerves laid bare by disease and economic collapse, is eating itself alive as a militarized police, which already targets a particular minority group for persecution and abuse, responds to the exercise of free expression rights in order to protest …

The Truth About Nootropic Brain Supplements and Brain Power
May 29, 2020

Nootropic substances—from the Greek words meaning “mind-bending” –are ingestible chemicals often promoted for their cognitive enhancing properties (Jasanoff 2018). According to companies selling nootropic products, benefits of using the products include prevention of cognitive decline, enhanced memory, increased learning, improved concentration, and rapid cognition. Nootropic drugs include stimulants like amphetamine and methylphenidate, marketed under the …

‘Plandemic’ Asks Questions—But Won’t Answer Them
May 21, 2020


Earlier this month, a YouTube video for an (apparently) upcoming documentary titled Plandemic was released by Mikki Willis (credited onscreen as “father/filmaker” [sic]). The video features a lengthy interview with virologist Judy Mikovits, who offers scattershot conspiracy-laden assertions about the “truth” behind the COVID-19 pandemic, prefaced by claims of having been framed for a crime …

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News & Announcements

TAKE ACTION: Stop Naturopath Licensing in North Carolina
May 28, 2020

On May 26, legislation titled the “North Carolina Naturopathic Doctors Licensure Act (SB 846)” was introduced in the North Carolina Senate. This legislation establishes a licensing regime under which naturopaths may practice in North Carolina. Will you help us stop this bill? Most naturopathic practices are not supported by science or medicine—period. Unlike the medical …

TAKE ACTION: Keep Acupuncture Out of Health Insurance in Louisiana
May 26, 2020

Dear Friend of CFI in Louisiana, I’m writing to urge you to tell your state senator to oppose an unnecessary and dangerous piece of legislation that undermines Louisiana’s public health. This legislation has already passed the House and will soon be considered by the Senate Committee on Insurance. House Bill No. 152 (HB 152) requires all …

CFI Condemns Trump’s claim that churches are essential services
May 22, 2020

The Center for Inquiry today condemned President Donald Trump for pressuring governors to designate churches across the country as an “essential service” exempt from stay-at-home orders that are meant to arrest the spread of COVID-19. According to POLITICO Magazine, Trump “commanded” governors to reopen churches and threatened to “override” them if they refused. “The President …

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Wisconsin Discriminates Against Atheist Couple Seeking to Marry
May 26, 2020

Wisconsin is discriminating against nonreligious couples by denying them the right to marry by mutual declaration, a privilege granted to religious believers.  Last week, two national secular watchdog organizations — the Center for Inquiry (CFI) and American Atheists — were contacted by a couple from Winnebago County who were refused permission to marry by mutual …

What Are the Makers of ‘Plandemic’ Hiding? Conspiracy Theorists Refuse to Provide Evidence for Outrageous Claims
May 21, 2020

The infamous conspiracy video Plandemic has recently spread like a virus throughout the internet, providing an unprecedented megaphone for a litany of outrageous claims about the nature of the COVID-19 outbreak and frightening allegations of vast government conspiracies. But when presented by the Center for Inquiry with the opportunity to back up these claims with evidence, the …

Ingersoll Museum to Remain Closed Due to COVID-19
May 7, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council for Secular Humanism announced this week that the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum will not open as scheduled on Memorial Day weekend, and will remain closed until further notice. “The International Council of Museums estimates that 95 percent of the world’s museums have shut their doors due to the pandemic …