Recognized as a Heretic
February 19, 2020

Stephanie Mencimer at Mother Jones looks into the rather grotesque flimflammery of Paula White: The melding of White’s public and private jobs is nearly seamless, as she invokes her relationship with Trump in her sermons and fundraising pitches, even as she wields her spiritual authority to defend the president. But experts say the arrangement raises …

Mockingly, Rather Than Literally
February 18, 2020

I know what you’re wondering: What are Protestant pastors really concerned about?? Barna Group did a survey to find out: When presented with a list of possible challenges facing their church today, half of Protestant pastors note that “reaching a younger audience” (51%) is a major issue for their ministry. Just over one-third of pastors …

Not a Stunning Image
February 14, 2020

A few days ago, the temperature in Antarctica was a pleasant 70 degrees. Good lord. It’s probably the hottest temperature ever recorded there. The Post reports: The Antarctic Peninsula is one of the fastest-warming parts of the world. Most of the glaciers in that region are retreating rapidly. According to a 2018 study, ice-shelf collapse …

Finger-Pointing and Facial Expressions
February 13, 2020

So, about 15,000 new cases of the Wuhan coronavirus were added by Chinese officials…in one day…in one province. This isn’t because there are suddenly a tidal wave of new infections, but because they are now changing diagnostic criteria to determine whether one is infected. Roni Caryn Rabin at NYT reports: A change in diagnosis may …

Secular Priorities Front and Center in Meeting with Congressional Freethought Caucus
February 12, 2020


Federal lawmakers and leaders from the reality-based community met on Capitol Hill on Monday, February 10, when the Congressional Freethought Caucus invited secular advocacy organizations to share ideas and discuss priorities. The Center for Inquiry was there, represented by president and CEO Robyn Blumner and Director of Government Affairs Jason Lemieux. Chaired by Reps. Jared …

Confessions of a Former Fake Doctor in ‘Skeptical Inquirer’
February 12, 2020

Press Releases

“Six years ago, I was a quack.”  In the latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer, Britt Hermes tells of her previous life as a licensed “naturopathic doctor.” She exposes the lies and self-deception of the alternative-medicine industry and describes how her courage put her in legal jeopardy. Trained in naturopathy, a system that relies on pseudoscientific treatments …

All the Monsters Live in Ohio
February 12, 2020

Benjamin Radford takes on the myths and misinformation about the Wuhan coronavirus, and there’s a lot of important stuff here worth sharing with folks: When people are frightened by diseases, they cling to any information and often distrust official information. These fears are amplified by the fact that the virus is of course invisible to …

The Seepage
February 11, 2020

According to Gallup, on the question of which groups Americans would or would not vote for in a presidential election, atheists are totally kicking socialists’ butts! 60 percent would vote for an atheist compared to 45 percent for a socialist. Atheists are still getting edged out by Muslims at 66 percent. Tolerance for an atheist …

Unimaginably Strange Things
February 7, 2020

There’s a new member of the Center for Inquiry Expanded Universe, as we welcome our new fundraising superhero, Director of Development Connie Skingel. So, otherwise, how are things? Not so good, right? Right. On our podcast Point of Inquiry, CFI’s board chair, the great Eddie Tabash, levels with us about the state of church-state separation. …

Please welcome CFI’s new Development Director Connie Skingel
February 6, 2020


Our mission to advance reason and science has perhaps never been more critical, as we face unprecedented assaults on secular government, evidence-based medicine, and basic facts. To carry on this fight, the Center for Inquiry relies on the support of people like you, and we need dedicated and talented professionals to secure the resources we …