Texas Hospital Finds ‘Covid Party’ – Or Legend
July 11, 2020


As if on cue! Following my recent CFI article “The Truth About Covid Parties” and Squaring the Strange podcast episode on ‘covid parties,’ titled “Tonight We’re Gonna Party Like It’s Covid 1999” there’s a news article suggesting they’ve been confirmed! A July 10 WOAI/KABB news story from San Antonio, Texas headlined “‘I thought this was …

Who to Marginalize Next
July 10, 2020


Anthony Fauci, a man in constant pain, tells FiveThirtyEight, “As a country, when you compare us to other countries, I don’t think you can say we’re doing great. I mean, we’re just not.“ Pediatrician Phoebe Danziger at NYT: Get people to accept vaccines right freaking now or it won’t matter if we get a COVID-19 …

We All Won’t Make it to Heaven
July 9, 2020


Two abysmal Supreme Court decisions came down yesterday. One expanded the “ministerial exception” to the size of Cleveland, protecting religious organizations from civil suits over discrimination. UPI covered our response: “Religious groups, which control the vast majority of private schools, multiple private universities, and a growing number of medical facilities and hospitals, can now hire …

99 Percent Totally Harmless
July 8, 2020


Ugh, COVID parties! Am I right??? I mean, just, like, ARGH! Except it seems like all that ugh-ing and argh-ing might be unnecessary. CFI’s Benjamin Radford did the work to see if these outrage-inducing mutual-infection societies actually exist. Guess what. Maybe not so much: The reports have all the typical ingredients of unfounded moral panic …

The Truth About Covid Parties
July 7, 2020


This is the seventh in a series of original articles on the Covid-19 pandemic by the Center for Inquiry as part of its Coronavirus Resource Center, created to help the public address the crisis with evidence-based information. Please check back periodically for updates and new information.  Recent rumors and news reports have circulated claiming that …

Fall Will Be Awful
July 7, 2020


Okay, I’m going to level with you. In the era of alternative facts, COVID-19, All the President’s Theocrats, QAnon, Goop, InfoWars, anti-vaxxers, and Flat-Earthers, a daily news roundup for the Center for Inquiry is going to get overwhelmed. And it has. The Morning Heresy has gotten too unruly and bloated, and it needs taming and …

Jehovah’s Witnesses Adapt to the Pandemic
July 6, 2020


Now, I’m not so cold-hearted that I can’t see that this is a well-meaning, pretty well-written missive from one (anonymous) person to my mother. There’s nothing wrong or cruel about it at all, but there are a few problems.

First, my mother was already dead by the time the letter arrived…

Cause an Enormous Shudder
July 6, 2020


Let’s begin with the livestreamed discussion between the legal minds of CFI, FFRF, and American Atheists as they wrestled with the crap-sandwich that was the Supreme Court’s ruling in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. Our own Nick Little was totally awesome. We’ve got a great new report from CFI Kenya’s George Ongere on our …

‘This Is America’ and the Ambiguity of Memes
July 2, 2020


Misleading memes are a dime a dozen, to use a phrase originating in the 1800s (though today they’re not only free but available by the tens of thousands). People who spend time on social media interact with them constantly, usually in the context of reading, endorsing, and sharing them. Less often they’re refuted or mocked, …

CFI Kenya: Altruism Even at a Time of Economic Hardship during COVID-19
July 2, 2020


COVID-19 has changed the world completely. When China reported the first cases of the disease in the Wuhan province in early December 2019, many people did not know the virus would become a global pandemic and change the world entirely. With many people infected, a significant number of people dead, and new infections emerging daily, …