Contributions

The Trump Administration’s Assault on Science and Secularism
October 30, 2020

News

Elections have consequences. The suppression of scientific data. A task force to enforce religiously based discrimination. Scientific experts sidelined. Public funds funnelled to religious organizations. We could go on. The president of the United States alone, through the power of executive orders and the policies of federal agencies, can have an enormous impact on issues …

Let Kids of Anti-Vaxx Parents Consent to Vaccinations, CFI Tells D.C. Council
October 29, 2020

Press Releases

Children have the right to protection from preventable infectious diseases, even if their parents are unwilling to provide that protection in the form of officially recommended vaccinations. That’s why the Center for Inquiry is urging D.C. lawmakers to pass the Minor Consent for Vaccinations Amendment Act of 2019, a bill that will allow minors of …

Evidence of a Calamity
October 29, 2020


Clear your evening schedule because tonight at 7pm ET, CFI Board Chair Eddie Tabash is going to educate us on the topic he knows better than anyone else: The Supreme Court and church-state separation. It’s the latest CFI Insider free online event, and you don’t want to miss it. Register now. Zalman Rothschild at The …

Controversial Reality Status
October 28, 2020


Why isn’t this the ONLY STORY anyone’s talking about??? FOLKS! The White House science office says that in Trump’s first term, he can be credited with ENDING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC! Whew! Well let’s all get back to our very normal lives, I guess. I wonder what we should do with our now-totally-irrelevant Coronavirus Resource Center. …

Pawns of Darkness, Space Junk, and Imminent Hazards
October 27, 2020


Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed by the Senate to the U.S. Supreme Court last night, after which she was quickly sworn in and then partook in a weird ceremony of waving from the Truman Balcony of the White House with Trump in what NYT‘s Nicholas Fandos wrote was “more befitting a political rally than the …

Check Your B.S. Detector with John Petrocelli on the next Skeptical Inquirer Presents, Nov. 5
October 26, 2020

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John Petrocelli: Persuasive Bullshitters and the Insidious Bullshit Hypothesis Please pardon our language for a moment, but, what’s up with all the bullshit? (In the scholarly sense, of course.)  Thursday, November 5 at 7pm ET, on the next Skeptical Inquirer Presents live online event, psychology professor John Petrocelli will deliver the hard truth about bullshit and why …

Good Landing Pads Make Good Neighbors
October 26, 2020


The chat between Richard Dawkins and Javed Akhtar on Saturday was really interesting, in ways even I didn’t expect. You can see the live-tweeting we did here. While of course largely in agreement with Dawkins, it was fascinating to get Akhtar’s perspective on some areas of either disagreement or at least nuanced difference. Oh, also, …

Kill All the Birds!
October 23, 2020


We’ve got two big events queued up over the next week for you. Tomorrow morning (well, morning if you’re in the U.S., 11am ET), it’s the 2020 Richard Dawkins Award ceremony on Zoom, where Richard himself will be in conversation with this year’s winner, Indian poet, lyricist, and screenwriter Javed Akhtar. It is not too …

Eddie Tabash on the Stakes for Secularism at the Supreme Court: Thursday on CFI Insider
October 22, 2020

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Eddie Tabash: SCOTUS v. Separation of Church and State If Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, what will become of the wall of separation between church and state? Find out on Thursday, October 29 at 7pm ET, on the next CFI INSIDER live online event, as Eddie Tabash delivers the …

Elfin and Mephistophelian
October 22, 2020


James Randi has died at the age of 92. Randi helped found what would become the Center for Inquiry in 1976, alongside greats such as Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov, and Paul Kurtz. Here’s what CFI president and CEO Robyn Blumner said in our statement last night: To the skeptical movement, he was a hero. To …