What Are the Makers of ‘Plandemic’ Hiding? Conspiracy Theorists Refuse to Provide Evidence for Outrageous Claims
May 21, 2020 by

The infamous conspiracy video Plandemic has recently spread like a virus throughout the internet, providing an unprecedented megaphone for a litany of outrageous claims about the nature of the COVID-19 outbreak and frightening allegations of vast government conspiracies. But when presented by the Center for Inquiry with the opportunity to back up these claims with evidence, the …

Why Can’t We Have Nice Things? Because of You, That’s Why.
April 29, 2020 by

I should start by saying I don’t necessarily mean you, the reader. I hope, and the fact you are reading CFI stuff indicates this is likely, you don’t fall into this category. But we all know some, and probably way too many of them. There’s your uncle or cousin who causes embarrassment every year at …

Center for Inquiry Congratulates Maine for Overwhelming Rejection of Anti-Vaccine Ballot Measure
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March 4, 2020 by

On Super Tuesday, the voters of Maine overwhelmingly rejected a misguided attempt to overturn the state’s new vaccination requirements, which the Center for Inquiry heralded as a decisive victory for reason and science over misinformation and pseudoscience.  Question 1, a referendum on Tuesday’s ballot in Maine, would have repealed the state’s recent legislation which eliminated …

QUACKWATCH Joins the Center for Inquiry
February 26, 2020 by

For many years, Quackwatch.org and its related websites have been an indispensable and trusted resource in the fight to expose the fraud of health-related pseudoscience and fake medicine. Their mission will continue as part of the Center for Inquiry.  Quackwatch and its related sites house an exhaustive array of information, advice, and news for consumers, activists, media, regulatory …

CSICon 2019 versus the Fantasy-Industrial Complex
October 18, 2019 by

In Post-Truth America, at a time when “modern secular government is in greater jeopardy than ever before,” as CFI board chair Eddie Tabash put it at the CSICon 2019 opening reception, it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The kickoff of this year’s CSICon was a kind of diagnosis of …

Center for Inquiry Applauds New York for Ending Religious Exemptions to Vaccines
June 14, 2019 by

The Center for Inquiry applauds the State of New York for ending the religious exemption to mandatory vaccination for school-age children. On Thursday, June 13, the New York State Legislature voted to approve legislation repealing the exemption. Governor Andrew Cuomo promptly signed the legislation into law. “The Legislature allowed sanity to prevail by repealing this …

Eight Hours in a Room with the Anti-Vaxxers
March 14, 2019 by

On March 12, I went to give testimony at a hearing to support Maine’s L.D. 798, a bill to end non-medical exemptions to the state’s vaccination requirements. Little did I know, the issue has become so heated, that the office building that houses the committee room was packed to the gills with advocates on both …

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: The Myth of Parental Rights
March 14, 2019 by

Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes. Virgil, The Aeneid (II, 49) I fear the Greeks, even those bearing gifts. Also, in a less literary vein – a crap sandwich on the tastiest bread is still a crap sandwich. When our opponents present us with something, whatever they call it and however they present it, we are …

New Mexico Naturopath Bill Risks Patients’ Health and Legitimizes Fake Medicine
January 31, 2019 by

A bill granting naturopaths the authority to practice primary care medicine risks the health of New Mexicans and legitimizes fake medicine, the Center for Inquiry (CFI) warned the New Mexico State Senate. The Naturopathic Doctors’ Practice Act (SB 135) would grant licensure to practitioners of pseudoscientific treatments despite the lack of evidence for their effectiveness …

Vexed by “Vaxxed”
September 13, 2017 by

I am long familiar with the anti-vaccination “movement” (a conspiracy-theory cult based on a hoax), but it nevertheless came home to me recently. Literally. A black bus with the word Vaxxed in 4-foot-high letters parked a stone’s throw from CFI headquarters in Amherst, NY. (No, I didn’t throw a stone.)