Contributions

Why All the Whoop-de-doo?
December 10, 2019 ·


Two articles of impeachment. Pfft, that’s nothing. The Morning Heresy has LOTS more articles than that, like, every damn day! [Puts hand to ear.] I’m being told that this is a different use of the word “articles.” I’ll have to get back to you. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has released a report …

Polio Fanciers and Plague Enthusiasts
December 9, 2019 ·


The New York Times profiles Rose Mackenberg, early-twentieth-century skeptical paranormal investigator and Houdini collaborator: Mackenberg investigated more than 300 psychics and seers in the two years she worked for Houdini and many more after that. In a career that lasted decades and led her to testify before Congress, she proved to be quick-witted, adept with …

Facebook’s reporting system being used to suppress religious freedom, says bipartisan Congressional letter
December 6, 2019

Press Releases

A joint release of the Center for Inquiry, the Secular Coalition for America, and Ex-Muslims of North America. Facebook faced accusations this morning of enabling censorship on their platform through a letter from Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA), co-signed by Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Susan Wild (D-PA), and Paul Gosar (R-AZ). Huffman, a co-chair and founding …

The Feckless Ficus
December 6, 2019 ·


In the New York Times Magazine, former Alex Jones/Infowars employee Josh Owens tells of his experience in the Crazypants Machine: Suddenly, I was no longer a bored kid attending an overpriced art school. I was Fox Mulder combing through the X-Files, Rod Serling opening a door to the Twilight Zone, even Rosemary Woodhouse convinced that …

Sketchy Website Dot Org
December 5, 2019 ·


In Free Inquiry magazine, our boss Robyn Blumner warns of the backward course on church-state separation being plotted by the conservatives on the Supreme Court, focusing on the Bladensburg cross case: Kavanaugh … offered his own version of either naïveté or disingenuousness by suggesting there are other ways to remove religious monuments beyond asking the …

An Absurd Way to Correct Inaccuracies
December 4, 2019 · 1 


We’re being ever-so-amicable once again as we take part in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court on a deja vu kind of case, June Medical Services LLC v. Gee, which looks a lot like the already-correctly-decided Whole Woman’s Health case from Texas. Our statement: “Having lost just a few years ago at the Supreme …

Louisiana Abortion Opponents Weaponizing Religion Against Women, CFI tells Supreme Court
December 3, 2019

Press Releases

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is urging the Supreme Court to recognize and reject a transparently cynical ploy by Louisiana politicians to impose draconian abortion restrictions on women in the state. In the case of June Medical Services LLC v. Gee, abortion opponents are resurrecting previously refuted tactics from Texas’s landmark abortion case, falsely claiming that their …

Succumb to an Onslaught of Marketing and Branding
December 3, 2019 ·


It’s Giving Tuesday, which means do-gooder nonprofits are besieging your social media with pleas for your money. WELL SO ARE WE and we have a pretty compelling ask, if I do say so myself: No one else is fighting fake medicine like homeopathy like we are, so why not take this opportunity to join the …

A Train Wreck in a Coal Mine
December 2, 2019 ·


On a brand new Point of Inquiry, Jim Underdown talks to skeptic psychologist Chris French about the skeptic movement and its relatively new focus on conspiracy theories. SETI’s Big Picture Science podcast does a “skeptic check” with guests including Skeptical Inquirer columnist Robert Palmer and ex-naturopath Britt Marie Hermes. Scott Gavura at Science-Based Medicine parses …

Pie Sussudio Domine
November 25, 2019 ·


CSICon attendees got to see Julia Sweeney (CFI’s newest board member) perform part of her latest one-person show, Older and Wider, which features a section in which she deals with the social implications of her Saturday Night Live character Pat. (“My God, what did I do?” she says in the show. “Was I the Al …