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Miserable for a Few Days
March 21, 2019 ·

Pakistan convicts two men, including local government official Arif Khan, for their role in the murder of Mashal Khan, the student who was killed by an angry mob over trumped-up blasphemy accusations in 2017. And what role did these two fellows who will now go to prison until they die play? Reuters reports: The court …

Catnip Cocktail Panic
March 18, 2019 ·

There’s a new drug panic in town, and it’s not crack or opioids. It’s catnip. Well, it’s called “Catnip Cocktail,” and it actually contains no catnip. It contains a non-FDA-approved blend of a variety of chemicals including caffeine and something called 1,4-BD, which allegedly metabolizes into sedative akin to RHB, a “date-rape” drug. Marketed as …

Eight Hours in a Room with the Anti-Vaxxers
March 14, 2019 · 1 

On March 12, I went to give testimony at a hearing to support Maine’s L.D. 798, a bill to end non-medical exemptions to the state’s vaccination requirements. Little did I know, the issue has become so heated, that the office building that houses the committee room was packed to the gills with advocates on both …

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News & Announcements

Statement on the Mosque Shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand
March 15, 2019

We are one species, one global human civilization, and we rise or fall together. We choose reason over rage and empathy over bigotry. We choose critical thinking and compassionate hearts. The people of the Center for Inquiry, all around the world, stand in defiance and condemnation of the violence and hatred that took the lives …

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Support the Scientific Integrity Act!
March 14, 2019

Dear Friend of CFI, Scientists at federal agencies are witnessing unprecedented political interference in the scientific process and a torrent of rhetoric impugning their work. In response, Representatives Paul D. Tonko (D-NY) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) have introduced the Scientific Integrity Act (H.R. 1709 and S. 775, respectively), to protect scientists and their work …

Claiming the Bladensburg Cross doesn’t promote religion “flies in the face of reason”
February 28, 2019

On February 27, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of American Legion et al. v. American Humanist Association et. al., also known as the Bladensburg Cross case. (See our amicus brief here.) That day, Nick Little, the Center for Inquiry’s Vice President and Legal Counsel, stood on the steps of the …

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Press Releases

Abuse of Deaf Students by Nuns Recounted in ‘Free Inquiry’
March 18, 2019

Several decades of crimes against children under the auspices of the Catholic Church have finally begun to come to light. In the latest issue of Free Inquiry magazine, we are reminded that some of those crimes reach depths of depravity that confounds our already shocked consciences, with accounts of nuns as well as priests committing …

Trump Budget Backs Discriminatory Religious Adoption Providers at Children’s Expense
March 12, 2019

A provision of President Trump’s budget proposal that would permit government-funded adoption and foster care providers to discriminate based on religion is a cruel pander to the religious right, said the Center for Inquiry, denouncing the provision for placing religious beliefs over the needs of vulnerable children. A line item in the budget for the Department …

Trump Budget Starves Science and Education at Worst Possible Time
March 11, 2019

Billions of dollars in federal cuts to science and public education would significantly hinder America’s capacity for dealing with 21st-century challenges, said the Center for Inquiry in response to in the Trump administration’s 2020 budget request. CFI also warned that the proposed cuts would thwart the progress of scientific breakthroughs that improve and enrich the …