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For the Love of Joy: An Inspiring Update from CFI Kenya
October 15, 2018

News

This summer, we told you about Joy, a little girl in Kenya who faced not just stigma, but real mortal danger. In parts of Africa where superstitions are deeply ingrained, albinos are considered “bad luck” and are sometimes even sold to witch doctors (or killed and sold) because of the belief that their body parts …

More Like a Smooth Criminal
October 15, 2018


At The Atlantic, Emma Green reports on a new survey that shows that not only are the religiously unaffiliated really jazzed up about political participation, but that this participation itself makes them less none-y: Religiously unaffiliated voters, who may or may not be associated with other civic institutions, seem most excited about supporting or donating …

Flail Uselessly through Something Like Vapor
October 12, 2018


Rights activist Gulalai Ismail, who has spoken at CFI’s Women in Secularism conference, was detained by Pakistan authorities at Islamabad International Airport, and later released on bail. She’s apparently on the government’s “Exit Control List.” CFI’s own Barry Karr is a guest on the Phil Ferguson Show to talk about CSICon 2018 WHICH OMG IS …

CFI Urges IRS to Stop the Tax Profiteering by Donors to Religious Schools
October 11, 2018

Press Releases

Donors to private religious schools should not be profiting from their contributions at taxpayers’ expense, says the Center for Inquiry, urging the Internal Revenue Service to close a regulatory loophole that robs public schools of badly needed funds, subsidizes religious indoctrination, and awards private school donors a double-helping of tax credits that exceed their original …

Don’t Spray It
October 11, 2018


The journal Scientific Reports (run by the folks who publish Nature) ran a paper on how homeopathy can reduce pain, and lordy lordy, wouldn’t you know it, turns out the paper was full of garbage research. Meanwhile, a company called Sprayology (oh boy) is recalling its homeopathic sprays that are supposed to help with everything from …

The Symbol of a Circle Produces a Single Sound
October 10, 2018


CFI’s Council for Secular Humanism has announced the winners of this year’s Forkosch Awards: Kurt Andersen for his book Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History and Rebecca Goldstein for her Free Inquiry article “Mattering Matters.”  So it turns out that just 100 companies are responsible for over 70 percent of global carbon emissions. When it’s …

“Fantasyland” and “Mattering Matters” Win Council for Secular Humanism’s Forkosch Awards
October 9, 2018

Press Releases

The Council for Secular Humanism has announced the recipients of the 2017 Forkosch Awards, recognizing the book and magazine article that made the greatest contributions toward the advancement of secular humanism during that year. The Council for Secular Humanism is a program of the Center for Inquiry, and co-publisher of Free Inquiry magazine. The Morris …

Mitigating the Effects of Sudden Bodily Fluid Vaporization
October 9, 2018


Time to be on the lookout for something called the American Charter of Freedom of Religion and Conscience, a kind of religious-liberty-contract-with-America-accord developed by Christian scholars, and which Frederick Clarkson at Rewire says “is marred by efforts to slant the meaning of religious freedom towards conservative interests in the culture war, and to silence advocates for …

Breathtaking (While You Still Can)
October 8, 2018


Both literally and metaphorically, the world burns. The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says we’re just about out of time avert climate disaster, and there’s really no way we’re going to catch up: To avoid racing past warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) over preindustrial levels would require a “rapid and far-reaching” transformation …

Center for Inquiry Decries Sham Process that Placed “Mendacious” Kavanaugh on Supreme Court
October 8, 2018

Press Releases

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) today expressed its outrage and deep concern for the future at the Senate’s confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the lifetime position of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Following a 50-48 vote, retired Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy and Chief Justice John Roberts swore Kavanaugh into the …