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Do Not Ingest the Walls and Pavement
August 21, 2019 ·


The Washington Post reports on the quashing of CFI’s lawsuit in Texas to allow Secular Celebrants to solemnize marriages (which we intend to un-quash), speaking to several legal scholars who all seem to agree that the judge blew it, and that this could be huge: “It’s obviously unconstitutional because it gives a benefit to religious …

Epstein Death Conspiracies: Plausibility and Fuzzy Facts
August 14, 2019 ·


This past weekend, financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his New York jail cell while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges. Within minutes of the news breaking, conspiracy theories circulated widely on social media, accusing a laundry list of people as playing some role in his death. One of them, President Trump himself, who has …

Why Chupacabra Reports Only Go Back to 1995
August 5, 2019 ·


I recently came across a blog by a fellow cryptozoology writer, Nick Redfern, which began with a well-deserved rant about armchair debunkers. The shabby state of research into Fortean topics is widely acknowledged by skeptics—and some “believers” (for lack of a better word). In this particular case it was unnamed “debunkers” that he vented some …

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News & Announcements


TAKE ACTION: Don’t Let Chiropractors Scam Medicare Patients
August 15, 2019

Dear Friend of CFI: Last month, a gift to the chiropractic lobby was introduced in Congress. The Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act (H.R. 3654), introduced on July 9 by Representatives Brian Higgins (D-NY) and Tom Reed (R-NY), would force Medicare to cover all services that the chiropractic industry claims to be within its pseudoscientific repertoire and, …

I’ve Got a Fever, and the Only Cure is More CSICON!
July 29, 2019

Are you protected against the pseudoscience epidemic??? Outbreaks of antivaxxers, fake medicine, psychic scammers, and science denial are cropping up all across media, politics, and popular culture, and the best way to protect yourself and others is to get inoculated with a healthy dose of skepticism. It’s time for CSICon 2019 in Las Vegas, the …

TAKE ACTION: End Global Blasphemy Laws
July 24, 2019

The Center for Inquiry has helped lead the global fight for freedom of expression and against “blasphemy laws” that criminalize criticism of religion. Launched in 2015, our Secular Rescue program has helped dozens of imperiled secularists escape persecution and violence in their home countries. But there are far more people in need than we have the resources to help. More …

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Press Releases


Texas Court Rejects Secular Wedding Celebrants, Center for Inquiry Vows to Appeal
August 19, 2019

Under Texas law, having the wedding of your dreams is a benefit unfairly reserved for religious people, now a federal district court in Texas says that’s okay. On August 16, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, rejected a challenge to the privileged status granted religious organizations and individuals under Texas marriage …

What’s So Special About Us? ‘Free Inquiry’ on Human Exceptionalism
August 12, 2019

Human beings have discarded the notion that our planet sits at the literal center of the universe, and most of us have accepted the fact that we evolved through natural processes, not zapped into existence by a deity. But according to Adam Neiblum, author of the cover feature for the latest issue of Free Inquiry …

Lawsuit Targeting Walmart and CVS over Fake Medicine Gets $250,000 Boost from Stiefel Freethought Foundation
July 10, 2019

Advocates waging a legal battle to expose the fraud of homeopathic fake medicine are welcoming the support of a formidable ally. The Stiefel Freethought Foundation is adding $150,000 to the $100,000 already committed to help underwrite the consumer fraud cases against megaretailers Walmart and CVS. Activist and philanthropist Todd Stiefel, a former executive of Stiefel …