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A Private Club for Cyclones
December 13, 2019


Paul Krugman looks on in horror at the Republican Party’s role in climate catastrophe: … the terrifying political news and the terrifying climate news are closely related. Why, after all, has the world failed to take action on climate, and why is it still failing to act even as the danger gets ever more obvious? …

I Am Dirty in My Business
December 12, 2019


CFI’s Point of Inquiry podcast this week features special guest Richard Dawkins, where he talks to Jim Underdown about his latest book Outgrowing God. Pope Francis says atheists are awesome. I’m lying. He actually said it’s better to be an atheist than a hypocritical Catholic, and I guess that’s maybe true, but he meant it …

The World’s Saddest Baby Mobile
December 11, 2019


Greta Thunberg is Time‘s Person of the Year. For me, personally, she’s World President. Stuart Vyse at Skeptical Inquirer wrestles with the whole atheists-are-smarter-but-believers-are-happier thing, and concludes that either way you look at it, you have a “mixed blessing”: … according to the evidence, atheism appears to be a choice to be sadder but wiser, …

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


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 …