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Dismissed as a Source of Reliable Knowledge
April 25, 2019 ·

The U.S. Navy is formalizing the process through which pilots can report sightings of UFOs. Deanna Paul at The Washington Post reports: “Since 2014, these intrusions have been happening on a regular basis,” Joseph Gradisher, spokesman for office of the deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, told The Washington Post on Wednesday. Recently, …

The Education Myth About Learning Styles
April 24, 2019 ·

When teaching is tailored to a person’s preferred learning style, they will learn better than when it is not. At least that is the thought promoted by many educators, students, and parents. I have spoken with numerous educators (high school and college) who assert that one of the biggest problems in education is the mismatch …

Columbine School Shooting Myths: 20 Years Later
April 22, 2019 ·

A few days ago marked the twentieth anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre, in which two senior students in Colorado killed twelve students and one teacher before ultimately killing themselves. The crime received extensive news coverage and inspired many copycats and a Michael Moore film, Bowling for Columbine. Early reportage of high-profile events (and …

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News & Announcements

We Did It! CFI Met with Every New Member of Congress
Office of Public Policy
April 22, 2019

When a new and more diverse freshman class of Congress came to Washington earlier this year, forming a new Democratic majority, we told you that we intended to hit the ground running, and meet with each newly elected representative in the first 100 days of the 116th Congress. I’m happy to report to you that our goal …

Watch CFI Chair Eddie Tabash Debate the Existence of God
April 16, 2019

Eddie Tabash is not only chair of the Center for Inquiry, an accomplished attorney, and one of the most prominent and respected freethought advocates to ever bolster the Wall of Separation, he’s also a skilled and popular debater, taking on believers of all stripes who wish to engage in an intellectual exchange over questions of …

TAKE ACTION: Support the Equality Act!
April 4, 2019

Dear Friend of CFI, Too many LGBTQ people still live in fear of sex-based discrimination. Despite the existence of federal protections against discrimination, many LGBTQ people are turned away from schools, medical care, adoption agencies, homeless shelters, businesses, and other places of public accommodation. Will you help make our society freer, fairer, and more reasonable …

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Ruling on Secular Prayer in Congress is Discriminatory and Exclusionary
April 19, 2019

“It’s obvious now that our federal courts view atheists as second-class citizens.” An appellate court ruling allowing Congress to exclude secular invocations from its traditional prayers is a blatantly discriminatory act of exclusion against nonreligious Americans, the Center for Inquiry (CFI) declared today. In Barker v. Conroy, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for …

Richard Dawkins Award Moving to the Center for Inquiry
April 16, 2019

The Richard Dawkins Award, an honor presented annually to outstanding individuals who have significantly furthered the cause of reason and science, is moving to the Center for Inquiry (CFI). Prominent evolutionary biologist, best-selling author, and outspoken atheist, Richard Dawkins, is housing the award with CFI now that his namesake foundation, the Richard Dawkins Foundation for …

Abuse of Deaf Students by Nuns Recounted in ‘Free Inquiry’
March 18, 2019

Several decades of crimes against children under the auspices of the Catholic Church have finally begun to come to light. In the latest issue of Free Inquiry magazine, we are reminded that some of those crimes reach depths of depravity that confounds our already shocked consciences, with accounts of nuns as well as priests committing …