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Thank the Motherland!
October 16, 2018


Let’s rip this band-aid off: I will no longer be hosting Point of Inquiry; I voluntarily stepped aside because I simply couldn’t make the time for it to do the show justice. But I am very glad about who will be hosting it: Kavin Senapathy and James Underdown. The show is in excellent hands. Kavin …

10 Commandments Under Fire Part II
October 17, 2018


Yeah, yeah, yeah, stealing is wrong. Even apes and wolves know that. Try grabbing a gorilla’s last banana and making a run for it. When he catches you, shakes you like a can of spray paint, eats the banana you stole in front of you, and shoves the peel into your ear, that’s his way of saying stealing is wrong.

Because he instinctually knows – as do we – that stealing is wrong. How many apes can recite the 10 Commandments?(Probably about as many as congress members.)

The point is that if apes don’t need this spelled out, why do we?

‘First Man’ A Fitting Space Odyssey
October 15, 2018

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First Man tells the true story of the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong (played by Ryan Gosling). As the film shows, he got there largely through skill and determination, but also luck and circumstance. The outlines of the story are, of course, well known, and part of the challenge in telling …

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News & Announcements


For the Love of Joy: An Inspiring Update from CFI Kenya
October 15, 2018

This summer, we told you about Joy, a little girl in Kenya who faced not just stigma, but real mortal danger. In parts of Africa where superstitions are deeply ingrained, albinos are considered “bad luck” and are sometimes even sold to witch doctors (or killed and sold) because of the belief that their body parts …

Point of Inquiry Podcast Announces New Co-Hosts Kavin Senapathy and James Underdown
October 15, 2018

Point of Inquiry, the flagship podcast of the Center for Inquiry, was a groundbreaking show when it debuted in 2005, when podcasting was still very new. It provided the skeptic and freethought communities with engaging, long-form conversations with the most fascinating and brilliant minds in science, religion, politics, philosophy, and journalism. Over the years, several …

CFI Kenya Helps Little Feet Take Big Strides
September 17, 2018

There are a number of battles being fought over children’s education in the U.S., deeply frustrating conflicts over such fundamental concepts as evolution, climate change, and even basic facts of history. Imagine, then, the challenge faced by children in a country like Kenya, where the worry is not that students will be taught creationist myths …

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Press Releases


CFI Urges IRS to Stop the Tax Profiteering by Donors to Religious Schools
October 11, 2018

Donors to private religious schools should not be profiting from their contributions at taxpayers’ expense, says the Center for Inquiry, urging the Internal Revenue Service to close a regulatory loophole that robs public schools of badly needed funds, subsidizes religious indoctrination, and awards private school donors a double-helping of tax credits that exceed their original …

“Fantasyland” and “Mattering Matters” Win Council for Secular Humanism’s Forkosch Awards
October 9, 2018

The Council for Secular Humanism has announced the recipients of the 2017 Forkosch Awards, recognizing the book and magazine article that made the greatest contributions toward the advancement of secular humanism during that year. The Council for Secular Humanism is a program of the Center for Inquiry, and co-publisher of Free Inquiry magazine. The Morris …

Center for Inquiry Decries Sham Process that Placed “Mendacious” Kavanaugh on Supreme Court
October 8, 2018

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) today expressed its outrage and deep concern for the future at the Senate’s confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the lifetime position of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Following a 50-48 vote, retired Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy and Chief Justice John Roberts swore Kavanaugh into the …