Skeptical Inquirer and Free Inquiry on Hobby Lobby and Science Denial 
July 18, 2018


The March/April issue of Skeptical Inquirer features rather unsettling research by University of Denver scholars Charles S. Reichardt and Ian A. Saari, showing that for those who believe the Bible is the word of God, higher education can actually hinder the acceptance of scientific fact. The more educated Bible believers are, the more likely they …

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, 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 …

A New Chance for Joy: CFI Kenya’s Impact On One Little Life
July 9, 2018


George Ongere runs CFI’s international branch in Kenya, where one of his primary concerns is protecting children from beliefs about witchcraft. When accused of some kind of sorcery, children are made the scapegoats for others’ bad luck, mistakes, and misfortunes. This situation led George and CFI Kenya to establish the Humanist Orphans Center, dedicated to …