Lessons from the Space Shuttle Challenger
October 13, 2020 by

In 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after takeoff from Florida’s coast, an accident that laid bare not only institutional flaws in the application of high technology but also flaws in the public’s understanding of science. Many myths have emerged in the years since the accident, such as that the shuttle exploded—it didn’t, …

We Dissent: International Blasphemy Rights Day Comes with a New Urgency in 2020
September 30, 2020 by

It would be easy to let International Blasphemy Rights Day go for this year. The pandemic, protests, the election, wildfires—don’t we have enough to think about right now? We can come back to opposing blasphemy laws next year, right? We can’t. The right to criticize and question religion is not a luxury, something to be …

George Cherrie and the Venezuelan Dancing Devil
September 17, 2020 by

One of the most celebrated American naturalist/explorers was George K. Cherrie (1865–1948), who in his 1930 book Dark Trails: Adventures of a Naturalist (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) wrote about his adventures, primarily in Central and South America. Cherrie engaged in many expeditions, perhaps most famously accompanying Theodore Roosevelt on his nearly-disastrous 1913–1914 jungle descent of Brazil’s …

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The Totalitarian Nature of Islam
August 11, 2020 by

Presented is an extensive look into Islam, democracy, and human rights from Ibn Warraq’s book, Why I Am Not a Muslim published in 2003.Secular Islam was a collaboration between Ibn Warraq and the Center for Inquiry started in 2004 to collect the writings, thoughts, and speeches of secular Muslims, Ex-Muslims, believers, doubters, and unbelievers, brought together by …

CFI Kenya: Altruism Even at a Time of Economic Hardship during COVID-19
July 2, 2020 by

COVID-19 has changed the world completely. When China reported the first cases of the disease in the Wuhan province in early December 2019, many people did not know the virus would become a global pandemic and change the world entirely. With many people infected, a significant number of people dead, and new infections emerging daily, …

‘Bring Back Our Girls’ At 5: Boko Haram’s Forgotten Captives
July 3, 2019 by

It was a bold and brash attack on innocent girls that outraged the world and spawned unprecedented online activism: Boko Haram, an extremist Muslim group in Nigeria, abducted about 276 schoolgirls from a rural secondary school in the town of Chibok on April 14, 2014. Since that time about half have been recovered, and over …

Good Friday for Atheists
April 19, 2019 by

Just because I don’t share religious beliefs with someone doesn’t mean I think that they should be harmed in any way. Quite to the contrary. If you feel the need to kill people because of a difference of opinion, you’ve lost the argument. Validity of beliefs should rest on the merits of the arguments, not the size of the spear.

‘First Man’ A Fitting Space Odyssey
October 15, 2018 by

First Man tells the true story of the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong (played by Ryan Gosling). As the film shows, he got there largely through skill and determination, but also luck and circumstance. The outlines of the story are, of course, well known, and part of the challenge in telling …

Tools of Oppression: Taking on Blasphemy Laws at the UN Human Rights Council
October 1, 2018 by

“Any law that criminalizes apostasy or the defamation of religion is an unjust law.” Holding special consultative status at the United Nations, the Center for Inquiry regularly attends sessions of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Robyn Blumner, CFI’s president and CEO, was there earlier this month to speak out against blasphemy laws—laws that …