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Recognized as a Heretic
February 19, 2020


Stephanie Mencimer at Mother Jones looks into the rather grotesque flimflammery of Paula White: The melding of White’s public and private jobs is nearly seamless, as she invokes her relationship with Trump in her sermons and fundraising pitches, even as she wields her spiritual authority to defend the president. But experts say the arrangement raises …

Equatorial Misinformation Misadventures
February 19, 2020

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Last month I was editing a piece by Rob Palmer (perhaps better known as “The Well-Known Skeptic”) on the subject of misinformation he encountered in the middle of the world. Or, put another way, bogus information on the equator in Ecuador (a country named after the equator). I had a particular interest in the topic, …

Do Not Harm. But First, Nature | Britt Hermes
February 12, 2020

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Naturopaths have defined their brand of medicine using a set of “healing” principles that sound pleasant, but really describe an archaic and sometimes twisted understanding of medicine. Having been a former naturopathic “doctor,” I can say that the overwhelming majority of naturopathic care relies extensively on dubious alternative therapies, rather than established protocols based on …

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News & Announcements


Secular Priorities Front and Center in Meeting with Congressional Freethought Caucus
Office of Public Policy
February 12, 2020

Federal lawmakers and leaders from the reality-based community met on Capitol Hill on Monday, February 10, when the Congressional Freethought Caucus invited secular advocacy organizations to share ideas and discuss priorities. The Center for Inquiry was there, represented by president and CEO Robyn Blumner and Director of Government Affairs Jason Lemieux. Chaired by Reps. Jared …

Please welcome CFI’s new Development Director Connie Skingel
February 6, 2020

Our mission to advance reason and science has perhaps never been more critical, as we face unprecedented assaults on secular government, evidence-based medicine, and basic facts. To carry on this fight, the Center for Inquiry relies on the support of people like you, and we need dedicated and talented professionals to secure the resources we …

Congress Hears CFI’s Call for Repeal of Global Blasphemy Laws
Office of Public Policy
January 28, 2020

Religious persecution around the world was the focus of a joint hearing of two House subcommittees on Tuesday, January 28, and the Center for Inquiry took the opportunity to push for the support of bipartisan resolutions calling for the global repeal of blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy laws. Rep. Jamie Raskin, who introduced the House version …

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Confessions of a Former Fake Doctor in ‘Skeptical Inquirer’
February 12, 2020

“Six years ago, I was a quack.”  In the latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer, Britt Hermes tells of her previous life as a licensed “naturopathic doctor.” She exposes the lies and self-deception of the alternative-medicine industry and describes how her courage put her in legal jeopardy. Trained in naturopathy, a system that relies on pseudoscientific treatments …

CFI Blasts Trump’s ‘Twisted Vision’ of Christian Nationalism in State of the Union
February 5, 2020

In last night’s State of the Union address, President Donald Trump crowed that, “In America, we celebrate faith. We cherish religion. We lift our voices in prayer, and we raise our sights to the Glory of God!” This rhetoric goes far beyond the usual exaltations of faith that are commonplace in political oratory. It is …

Trump “Religious Freedom” Rules Encourage Discrimination and Intimidation, says Center for Inquiry
January 16, 2020

The Trump administration took a battering ram to the wall of separation between church and state today with two separate directives that encourage and legitimize religiously based intimidation and discrimination.  The White House announced that federally funded organizations would be given a sweeping license to discriminate in employment and in the provision of services, and declared that …