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Borg Babies
April 7, 2020


We’re keeping track of COVID-19 pseudoscience, snake oil, fake cures, and more at CFI’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Separate fact from fiction and inoculate yourself from misinformation at centerforinquiry.org/coronavirus. On the other side of the planet, Australia let a monster go free. The Post reports: Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic priest convicted of pedophilia, …

Contemplating Death, Cremated Knees and $200 bills
April 7, 2020


Hell, I’ve dodged a few bullets – motorcycle crashes, mountain-climbing mistakes, and other stupid, life-threatening exploits – but surviving those is no inoculation from my eventual demise. I know that bastard with the black hood and scythe will find me eventually. It’s one of the toughest things about being human – contemplating your own death. Sometimes I envy mosquitos, oblivious of quick hands and purple martins…

COVID-19 Fears: Overreaction, Underreaction, and Unity
April 6, 2020


This is the second in a series of original articles on the COVID-19 pandemic by the Center for Inquiry as part of its Coronavirus Resource Center, created to help the public address the crisis with evidence-based information. Please check back periodically for updates and new information. There have been many pandemics throughout history, but none …

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News & Announcements


A New Resource to Inoculate Against Coronavirus Misinformation
March 25, 2020

The public is being inundated by misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic at every level, from blatant internet scams to the false claims of the president of the United States. The Center for Inquiry, as the foundational institution for skeptical inquiry into extraordinary claims of pseudoscience, religion, and the paranormal, is bringing our unique expertise to …

TIES Offers Free Guided Online Lessons in Evolution for Learning at Home
March 19, 2020

Educators across the country, determined to keep student learning from grinding to a halt as the coronavirus pandemic causes schools to close, have a new resource. The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science is offering free, ready-made science lessons in the wonders of evolution, available online for both middle school and high school levels.  “All About Evolution” is …

TAKE ACTION: Thank Your Representative for Joining the Congressional Freethought Caucus
March 10, 2020

Dear Friend, If you live in one of the thirteen congressional districts listed below, your U.S. representative is a member of the Congressional Freethought Caucus. Will you thank them for their leadership today? In February, the Congressional Freethought Caucus held its most important meeting to date. For the first time, caucus members met with leaders …

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Press Releases


Michigan Drops Opposition to Secular Marriage Celebrants, Ending Lawsuit
April 2, 2020

Secular celebrants are now permitted to officiate and solemnize marriages in Michigan, after the state attorney general reversed the government’s opposition to a lawsuit brought by the Center for Inquiry (CFI). Promising that the state considers CFI-trained and certified Secular Celebrants to be covered by existing statutes regarding marriage solemnization, the presiding federal court brought the case …

Secular Group Rebukes Michigan Governor’s Exemptions for Religious Gatherings
March 27, 2020

Exempting churches from statewide prohibitions on public gatherings due to the coronavirus undermines the very purpose of such restrictions, said the Center for Inquiry in a letter to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, warning that making special exceptions for religious assemblies is both dangerous and constitutionally baseless. An executive order signed by Gov. Whitmer states that “all …

Viruses Do Not Celebrate Easter: CFI Warns Trump’s Wish for ‘Packed Churches’ Will Lead to Calamity
March 25, 2020

President Trump is recklessly putting the lives of Americans at risk by promising to end coronavirus prevention guidelines by Easter, said the Center for Inquiry, warning that the president is courting tragedy and disaster by ignoring science in order to appeal to religious sentiments and magical thinking. In an interview with Fox News, President Trump …