Contributions

Not Okay, Google
July 20, 2018


Get ready for the news lede that is a sure winner for the No Shit, Sherlock Award that I just made up. Variations appear in various outlets, and here’s NBCNews.com: Cancer patients who choose alternative medicine over standard, proven cancer treatments are more likely to die, researchers reported Thursday. WHAT’S THAT YOU SAY??? Complementary medicine …

The Utterly Unavoidable
July 19, 2018


Jack Jenkins reports that Maria Butina, the alleged Russian agent, not only used the NRA to influence American politics, but also the National Prayer Breakfast. Run by the shadowy “Fellowship,” aka “The Family,” Jenkins says its secretiveness makes it a tempting target for infiltration and exploitation. Jann Bellamy writes about CFI’s lawsuit against CVS over homeopathy, …

My Funny Valetudo
July 18, 2018


Kavin Senapathy is back for part 2 of her extremely thorough dismantling of sketchy autism “cures,” including something called CEASE—Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression—which of course is homeopathic. Of course. In her conclusion, Kavin writes: If I’ve learned one thing from doing a deep dive into the world of autism woo, it’s that it’s …

Our Existential Schlepp
July 17, 2018


Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee, those warm-hearted so-and-so’s, pass an amendment cutting federal adoption funding to states that don’t let religious agencies discriminate against same-sex couples. Wow. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules that Whole Woman’s Health cannot subpoena internal communications of the Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops in their discussions about their …

From Ancient Grudge Break to New Mutiny
July 16, 2018


Hey look! We have a brand-freaking-new column at the CFI website! Anthropologist and comedian Natalia Reagan presents She Sells Science, “uncovering myths about human behavior using science and comedy.” Her first article is titled, fantastically, “Womb Raider.” Somebody at HHS better have an illicit thumbdrive ready, because the Trump administration is eliminating Guideline.gov, a huge, valuable …

Not Very Aloha of You
July 13, 2018


Ben Radford investigates the claims about “Sarah Ann,” the ghost of a child said to haunt Fort George in Ontario: A closer look at the “ghost report” itself helps explain why it’s so fragmentary and contradictory. Instead of [author Jeff] Belanger doing any investigation himself, he simply relied on what other people told him about …

I’d Really Prefer That You Didn’t
July 12, 2018


First, something uplifting. For CFI, that very often means the latest report from George Ongere at CFI Kenya, who shares some news about what he and CFI Kenya’s Humanist Orphans Center were able to do for a little girl with albinism. Plus, he gives a little update on the Ron Lindsay Library. CFI’s VP and …

The Way Things Are Shaping Up
July 11, 2018


A federal court gives the go-ahead to a lawsuit by victims of the violence in Charlottesville last year, who allege that the Nazi/white supremacist protesters were “conspiring to engage in violence against racial minorities and their supporters.” Marie Griffith at Religion & Politics describes how the Southern Baptists were overtaken by fundamentalist ideologues in the …

Kavanaugh’s Record of Advancing Christian Privilege Wrong for Supreme Court
July 10, 2018

Press Releases

The Center for Inquiry today urged caution and vigilance from the Senate as it considers the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to ensure that he will be a justice who will uphold the rights of all Americans equally, and not use his place on the bench to advance an agenda of …

Rubble, Deserts, and Refuse
July 10, 2018


Trump picks Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. He’s really conservative. Howard Friedman did folks the favor of collecting Kavanaugh’s DC Circuit church-state separation cases in one place. Michael Gerson laments the deification of the Supreme Court: Choosing the right person to prudently navigate these challenges is massively important. But our democracy …