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The Nonefather
May 2, 2019 ·


There’s a new episode of Point of Inquiry (which, by the way, is really great under the care of its new hosts Kavin and Jim), in which Jim Underdown interviews social psychologist Carol Tavris and oncologist Avrum Bluming about the subject of their book Estrogen Matters about the myths surrounding the link between breast cancer …

The Story of a Year of Incredible Progress
May 2, 2019

News

The Center for Inquiry carries out its mission through a wide variety of means: campaigns, publications, major events, legal action, lobbying efforts, community activities, workshops and trainings, educational programs, press outreach, social media, and more. All this activity is carried out through CFI-proper, as well as its divisions, programs, and branches across the country and …

Does Not Compute
May 1, 2019 ·


The Trump political operation is overtly embracing the deification of the president. Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted this about his boss: There has never been and probably never will be a movement like this again. Only God could deliver such a savior to our nation and only God could allow me to help. God …

Choose Nothing
April 30, 2019 ·


The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom releases its annual report, with sixteen countries either carrying out or tolerating “egregious violations” of religious freedom, and a major focus on China. NPR reports: “[The report] takes the strongest stance against China in the history of the USCIRF,” [commissioner Johnnie] Moore says. In the midst of trade …

You Don’t Look a Day Over 12.5 Billion
April 29, 2019 ·


A 19-year-old white supremacist opened fire at a synagogue in Poway, California on Saturday, injuring three people (an eight-year-old girl, her brother-in-law who was trying to protect her, and the rabbi) and killing 60-year-old Lori Kaye who shielded the rabbi from the bullets. The killer posted a manifesto to 8chan (where civilization goes to die, …

Abhorrent to the Average Consumerist
April 26, 2019 ·


A few weeks ago, Prof. Ryan Burge of Eastern Illinois University came up with the data showing that the religiously unaffiliated had edged out Catholics and evangelicals by a hair. Yesterday, he provided some insight as to the changes in the political parties’ religious makeup. “Nones” have more than tripled their share of Democrats since …

Dismissed as a Source of Reliable Knowledge
April 25, 2019 ·


The U.S. Navy is formalizing the process through which pilots can report sightings of UFOs. Deanna Paul at The Washington Post reports: “Since 2014, these intrusions have been happening on a regular basis,” Joseph Gradisher, spokesman for office of the deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, told The Washington Post on Wednesday. Recently, …

Interrupting Chicken
April 24, 2019 · 1 


Mick Mulvaney, the president’s chief of staff (though these things are so fleeting), told the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast: The president has allowed us, Christians of all denominations, folks from all different faiths … to be very vocal about their faith, and to practice their faith, and to take their faith and work it into …

Embarrassing Uncle
April 23, 2019


How about a virtual fist-bump for CFI’s Jason Lemieux, having just fulfilled the promise of meeting with every newly elected Member of the 116th Congress within its first 100 days. The U.S. Court of Appeals says Philadelphia didn’t violate anyone’s religious freedom when the city cut ties with a Catholic foster care service provider because …

Ceaselessly Devour, Transfigure, and Replenish
April 22, 2019


At least 290 people are killed and hundreds more injured in bombing attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Officials are pinning the blame on an Islamist group you probably never heard of, the National Thowheeth Jama’ath. Delivering a gut punch to atheist equality and the separation of church and state, …