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Let’s Make Things Worse
March 31, 2020

First thing: The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science is holding more online workshops (I hate saying “webinar”): Today at 8pm it’s “The Evolution of the Coronavirus” and April 2 it’s “The Evolution of the Human Brain.” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says coronavirus misinformation is the “common enemy” of all nations. ABC reports: To overcome the …

Can Naturopathic Doctors Combat COVID-19?
March 31, 2020

Last week, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) announced that it urges government officials coordinating the national COVID-19 pandemic response to utilize all licensed healthcare professionals, including naturopathic doctors (NDs) “to support other medical professionals in changing the trajectory of this public health crisis.”  Yes, we’re facing shortages of health care workers to respond …

Dean Koontz Predicts Coronavirus in 1981, or Did He?
March 30, 2020

Dean Koontz in his book The Eyes of Darkness wrote about a virus called “Wuhan-400” (in the 1989 rewrite, the virus name was changed from its original Gorki-400) that was created as a biological weapon. Many are sharing this “prediction” through social media today, and there are some interesting parallels to these stories. Did Koontz …

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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

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 …

Wegmans Hawking Fake Medicine During Pandemic: CFI Calls Out Retailer for Crassly Irresponsible Profiteering
March 16, 2020

Wegmans supermarkets are using the confusion and fear surrounding the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to increase its sales of useless homeopathic products, an act of cynicism that the Center for Inquiry is calling out as appalling and irresponsible. Homeopathy is an eighteenth-century pseudoscience in which dangerous substances are diluted to the point that no …