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Chronicles of Lily Dale
July 17, 2018


Chronicles of Lily Dale (2017) is a compilation of material from early Spiritualist publications—mostly relating to Lily Dale (the world’s largest Spiritualist village), ca. 1861–1915. It was compiled by Spiritualists (but not mediums) Ron Nagy and the late Joyce LaJudice (both longtime friends of mine). From the Banner of Light (August 16, 1884), we learn …

Outrage Vampires versus Breastfeeding Moms
July 17, 2018


How Our Desire to Help Can Profit Hoaxers and Result in Harm A fury-inducing video announcing itself as a “social experiment” showed up on my feed recently, posted by a well-meaning skeptic who has always been on the right side of social justice causes. But far from being a touchstone that can help elevate society …

Our Existential Schlepp
July 17, 2018


Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee, those warm-hearted so-and-so’s, pass an amendment cutting federal adoption funding to states that don’t let religious agencies discriminate against same-sex couples. Wow. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules that Whole Woman’s Health cannot subpoena internal communications of the Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops in their discussions about their …

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TAKE ACTION: Save the Supreme Court from Religious Privilege
July 10, 2018

If Judge Kavanaugh’s record is any indication, he will further enable privileged groups who seek to impose their religious views and practices on targeted groups including secularists, atheists, women, LGBTQ individuals, and religious minorities. His Supreme Court term would be disastrous for separation of church and state.

A New Chance for Joy: CFI Kenya’s Impact On One Little Life
July 9, 2018

George Ongere runs CFI’s international branch in Kenya, where one of his primary concerns is protecting children from beliefs about witchcraft. When accused of some kind of sorcery, children are made the scapegoats for others’ bad luck, mistakes, and misfortunes. This situation led George and CFI Kenya to establish the Humanist Orphans Center, dedicated to …

Joint Statement on Mauritania: Death Penalty for Blasphemy and Journalist’s Imprisonment
United Nations
June 29, 2018

JOINT ORAL STATEMENT UN Human Rights Council, 38th Session (18th June – 6th July 2018) General Debate on Item 4: Human Rights Situations that Require the Council’s Attention On 27 April 2018, Mauritania’s National Assembly adopted an amendment to the Penal Code which makes the death penalty mandatory for anyone convicted of “blasphemous speech” and …

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Kavanaugh’s Record of Advancing Christian Privilege Wrong for Supreme Court
July 10, 2018

The Center for Inquiry today urged caution and vigilance from the Senate as it considers the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to ensure that he will be a justice who will uphold the rights of all Americans equally, and not use his place on the bench to advance an agenda of …

Center for Inquiry Sues CVS for Fraud Over Sale of Homeopathic Fake Medicine
July 9, 2018

The Center for Inquiry has filed a lawsuit in the District of Columbia on behalf of the general public against drug retailer CVS for consumer fraud over its sale and marketing of useless homeopathic medicines. CFI, an organization advancing reason and science, accused the country’s largest drug retailer of deceiving consumers through its misrepresentation of …

Kennedy’s Exit Could Entrench Religious Privilege and Discrimination, Warns Center for Inquiry
June 27, 2018

The last bulwark against religious privilege and oppression has fallen with the announced retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, warned the Center for Inquiry today, urging the U.S Senate to ensure that whoever President Trump chooses to replace him will not work to turn back the clock on hard-won civil rights. “Raising another Alito or Gorsuch …