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Do I Have to Pay Attention to That?
July 12, 2019 ·


Now it can be told: Ricky Gervais is the 2019 recipient of the Richard Dawkins Award, which he’ll accept at an event with Dawkins in London on September 3. The two will then have a live, unscripted chat moderated by Richard Wiseman. CFI members at the Planet level and above can get 10 percent off …

A Natural Mistake
July 10, 2019 ·


“That some persons are free and others slaves by nature … and that for these slavery is both advantageous and just, is evident.” So said Aristotle, one of the first advocates of the “natural law” approach to ethics. (See his Politics, Book I, ch. 5.) The State Department has just established a Commission on Unalienable …

‘Bring Back Our Girls’ At 5: Boko Haram’s Forgotten Captives
July 3, 2019 ·


It was a bold and brash attack on innocent girls that outraged the world and spawned unprecedented online activism: Boko Haram, an extremist Muslim group in Nigeria, abducted about 276 schoolgirls from a rural secondary school in the town of Chibok on April 14, 2014. Since that time about half have been recovered, and over …

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CFI’s UN Advocate Takes on Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Record
United Nations
July 9, 2019

Last week, Andreas Kyriacou, United Nations Advocate for the Center for Inquiry, delivered a statement before the 41st session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, where he raised the issue of how Saudi Arabia’s membership on the Human Rights Council is “undermining the core purpose of this council,” specifically citing the circumstances surrounding …

TAKE ACTION: Stop the Grab Bag of Quackery in Michigan!
June 19, 2019

Dear Friend of CFI Michigan, On June 20, 2019, the Michigan House of Representatives will hold a hearing on legislation (HB 4710) that permits the licensure of acupuncturists to practice a veritable grab bag of pseudoscientific treatments. This bill is virtually identical to legislation that politicians tried to ram through the legislature last year. It’s up …

TAKE ACTION: Tell New York to Repeal the Religious Exemption to Vaccination
June 13, 2019

Dear Friend of CFI in New York: In February, we urged you to tell your representatives to support legislation (A02371 in the Assembly and S02994 in the Senate) repealing New York’s religious exemption from mandatory vaccinations. Then, last month, we asked you to call for a vote before the legislature goes out of session in …

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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 …

Ricky Gervais to win the 2019 Richard Dawkins Award in London
July 10, 2019

Multi award-winning stand-up comedian, screenwriter and actor Ricky Gervais will be presented with this year’s Richard Dawkins Award, from the Center for Inquiry. CFI campaigns to remove the influence of religion in science education and public policy, and to eliminate the stigma that surrounds atheism and non-belief. The Richard Dawkins Award has been presented annually since …

Science Advocates Can Take Lessons from Disney: Skeptical Inquirer on Marketing and Persuasion
July 9, 2019

As our society confronts challenges and threats such as climate change, the anti-vaccination movement, and the deluge of false claims from the peddlers of pseudoscience and snake oil, it’s more important than ever that the public become more aware and accepting of science. Yet science advocates and skeptics are constantly met with resistance. How can …