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Any Hex, Any Spell, Any Witchcraft, Any Spirit of Control, Any Jezebel
January 28, 2020


Given the news I comb through for each day’s Morning Heresy, I see a lot of little pieces about how [religious figure] has said [outrageously offensive thing] OR [stupendously ridiculous thing], and lately, I more or less ignore it because, well, it’s very dog-bites-man at this point. I come across a headline that’s all, “Famous …

A Quick Example of Quick Debunking
January 28, 2020


I’ve investigated hundreds—probably thousands—of things in my career as a skeptic and researcher, from misleading polls to chupacabra vampire legends. Some investigations take hours or days; others take weeks or months, and a rare few take years. It all depends on the scope of the investigation and how much information you have to analyze. In …

‘1917,’ War, and The Frailty of Knowledge
January 22, 2020


As advertised, the World War I film 1917 takes place in April 1917, when two British soldiers, William Schofield (George MacKay) and Tom Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), are rousted from a weary daytime slumber. They’re ordered to cross enemy territory (a no man’s land littered with death and decay) and deliver an urgent message to another …

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Congress Hears CFI’s Call for Repeal of Global Blasphemy Laws
Office of Public Policy
January 28, 2020

Religious persecution around the world was the focus of a joint hearing of two House subcommittees on Tuesday, January 28, and the Center for Inquiry took the opportunity to push for the support of bipartisan resolutions calling for the global repeal of blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy laws. Rep. Jamie Raskin, who introduced the House version …

TAKE ACTION: “In God We Trust” Doesn’t Belong in Indiana Schools
January 14, 2020

Note: this legislation (SB131) was proposed in the Indiana State Senate. As such, only those who reside in the state of Indiana may contact their representatives through the form below. We apologize for any confusion and appreciate the support of our constituents throughout the United States.  In a gratuitous attempt to fill public schools with …

TAKE ACTION: End New Jersey’s Religious Exemption to Vaccination
December 18, 2019

Dear Friend of CFI, New Jersey’s Legislature is *this close* to ending the religious exemption to mandatory vaccination in school and child care. But the fight is not over yet. Assemblyman Herb Conaway, Jr., and Senators Loretta Weinberg and Joseph Vitale introduced legislation (A3818 and S2173, respectively) to strike this harmful exemption from New Jersey’s public …

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Trump “Religious Freedom” Rules Encourage Discrimination and Intimidation, says Center for Inquiry
January 16, 2020

The Trump administration took a battering ram to the wall of separation between church and state today with two separate directives that encourage and legitimize religiously based intimidation and discrimination.  The White House announced that federally funded organizations would be given a sweeping license to discriminate in employment and in the provision of services, and declared that …

The Undercounted Nones: ‘Free Inquiry’ on America’s Overlooked Atheists
January 15, 2020

Survey after survey shows that the religiously unaffiliated are growing as a share of the American population, but a closer look suggests that the “Nones” aren’t just rising, they’re dominating. In the latest issue of Free Inquiry, the leading journal of secular humanism, Gregory S. Paul digs into the data and finds that atheists, agnostics, and …

Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right, Secular Groups Tell SCOTUS in Case of Muslim American Persecution
January 13, 2020

Muslim Americans persecuted by law enforcement deserve justice, the Center for Inquiry told the Supreme Court in a joint amicus brief, but warned that providing financial restitution through the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is misguided, dangerous, and unconstitutional.  Today the Center for Inquiry (CFI) and American Atheists (AA) filed a jointly written amicus brief with …