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Slow-Loading Memories
February 19, 2019

Bangladesh authorities have charged six people with the 2015 murder of Avijit Roy. bdnews24 reports: Among the six accused in the murder are alleged Ansarullah Bangla Team leader and sacked military officer Major Syed Ziaul Haq and ‘militant blogger’ Safiur Rahman Farabi. Five other suspects are still being sought, but have not been identified. I …

The Prodigy: A Skeptical Film Review
February 18, 2019

The new horror film The Prodigy is about an evil child, and therefore follows a fairly predictable formula. The kid starts as a bundle of joy, then bad things happen but no one wants to believe the child did them, then the terror escalates as a parent or caregiver discovers a horrifying secret that leads …

Spontaneous Human Combustion? Coroner Solves London Mystery
February 15, 2019

Under the heading, “Man spontaneously combusts in streets of London,” Fate magazine in late 2018 resurrected the fiery bogeyman of spontaneous human combustion. That is a pseudoscientific term for an unexplained fire injury or death. I have since followed the case to its final resolution at a coroner’s inquest, and have here placed it in …

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News & Announcements

TAKE ACTION: End the Religious Exemption to Vaccination in New York!
February 20, 2019

Dear Friend of CFI in New York State: We need your help to protect New Yorkers from preventable outbreaks. Diseases that had been eradicated are now coming back due to the spread of dangerous, anti-scientific, anti-vaccine propaganda. And much of this propaganda is religious. Will you tell your state representatives to support legislation repealing the religious exemption for …

CFI Kenya Expands with New University Office
February 6, 2019

CFI Kenya is a truly extraordinary organization. Run by the indefatigable George Ongere in rural Nairobi, CFI Kenya operates the Humanist Orphans Center and the Ron Lindsay Library (named for CFI’s previous president), providing educational opportunities and refuge for children endangered by deeply held local superstitions about witchcraft. The good they do is immeasurable, and …

Point of Inquiry is back with new hosts and new episodes!
January 28, 2019

Point of Inquiry is the Center for Inquiry’s flagship podcast, where the brightest minds of our time engage in deep conversation about the big questions in science, religion, politics, and culture. Launched in 2005, when podcasts were still a new phenomenon, Point of Inquiry pioneered the medium with engaging, long-form conversation, featuring an incredible variety …

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Press Releases

Omitting “So Help Me God” is No “Mistake,” Atheist Orgs Tell House Committee
February 12, 2019

A coalition of secularist groups, led by the Center for Inquiry, is urging Rep. Raul Grijalva, chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, to continue with the committee’s plan to make the phrase “so help me God” optional for witnesses being sworn in for testimony, and not to back down to pressure from the religious …

Bladensburg Cross Excludes Non-Christian Veterans and Violates Constitution, CFI Tells Supreme Court
February 1, 2019

The Bladensburg war memorial is a blatant and obvious endorsement of Christianity, in violation of the Constitution and an affront to non-Christian military servicemembers, the Center for Inquiry told the U.S. Supreme Court in an amicus brief for the case of Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission v. American Humanist Association, submitted in partnership with allies in the …

New Mexico Naturopath Bill Risks Patients’ Health and Legitimizes Fake Medicine
January 31, 2019

A bill granting naturopaths the authority to practice primary care medicine risks the health of New Mexicans and legitimizes fake medicine, the Center for Inquiry (CFI) warned the New Mexico State Senate. The Naturopathic Doctors’ Practice Act (SB 135) would grant licensure to practitioners of pseudoscientific treatments despite the lack of evidence for their effectiveness …