A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper

Covert Anti-Vaccination in ‘Children’s Health Defense’

September 24, 2020

George Cherrie and the Venezuelan Dancing Devil

September 17, 2020

When Anti-Vaccination Fears Come From Inside the House

September 11, 2020

Zip Tie Abduction Rumors Spread, Lead to Panic and Arrests

August 31, 2020

Conspiracies Grow as COVID Spreads

August 21, 2020

Access Points

Fads and Fallacies

July 21, 2020

Unretouched Ingersoll Memorial Photograph

July 15, 2020

Some Notes on ‘Silliness’

April 20, 2020

Dean Koontz Predicts Coronavirus in 1981, or Did He?

March 30, 2020

Lydia Maria Child Sentiments

March 26, 2020

Advocatus Diaboli

What Secular Humanism Means to Me

March 21, 2017

A Seasonal Reflection

December 16, 2016

Secular humanism and secularization

March 24, 2016

An Anti-marriage Rebel’s View of 50-state Same-sex Marriage

June 29, 2015

Wanted: Better Understanding of Humanism

June 1, 2015

Ask the Atheist

If you are new to unbelief or just want a secular perspective... Ask The Atheist! Atheist, Skeptic, and former stand-up comedian James Underdown of CFI will answer questions from the public. Got a question?

How To Think About The Apocalypse, Now

September 21, 2020

Funny…The One True God

August 11, 2020

5 Things I wish Trump WOULD Endorse

July 16, 2020

Jehovah’s Witnesses Adapt to the Pandemic

July 6, 2020

Satan at CFI? Save your Dime…

May 12, 2020

Blasphemy Rights

Protecting blasphemy rights around the world is a core part of CFI's mission. As part of that mission we created International Blasphemy Rights Day, which is held each year on September 30. It is a day of solidarity with those who challenge oppressive laws and social prohibitions against free expression, to support the right to challenge prevailing religious beliefs without fear of violence, arrest, or persecution While many perceive “blasphemy” as offensive, CFI does not intend to ridicule and insult others. Rather, we seek to highlight the harmful ways those who would seek to take away the right to satirize and criticize a particular set of beliefs given a privileged status over other beliefs.

We Dissent: International Blasphemy Rights Day Comes with a New Urgency in 2020

September 30, 2020

Tools of Oppression: Taking on Blasphemy Laws at the UN Human Rights Council

October 1, 2018

On Apostasy and Blasphemy in Sudan

September 28, 2018

Blasphemy in Syria: the Invisible War

September 28, 2018

Hurt Feelings Don’t Merit Legislation!

September 27, 2018

Book Review

Mick West and Escaping the Rabbit Hole: Review

October 23, 2018


‘Plandemic’ Asks Questions—But Won’t Answer Them

May 21, 2020


CSICon is the premier science, skeptics and critical thinking conference, where hundreds of critical thinkers come to Las Vegas, the city of illusions, to hear from the leading lights of science and skepticism. CSICon 2019 hosted an amazing group of speakers and guests such as John de Lancie, Julia Sweeney, Brian Greene, Richard Dawkins, Britt Marie Hermes, Dr. Jen Gunter, and Michael Mann with performances by illusionist Banachek, comedian Leighann Lord, and Piff the Magic Dragon.

My Psychic Scam Letter to CSICon: Presenting the Balles Prize for Critical Thinking

October 23, 2019

Julia Sweeney Opens Up at CSICon

October 19, 2019

The Belief Barrier: Moving an Immovable Object at CSICon

October 19, 2019

Skeptics of CSICon: A Tight and Clever Pack

October 19, 2019

Flaws, Courage, and Conviction at CSICon

October 19, 2019

Democratic Discourse

Announcing My Resignation

June 5, 2017

Pakistan’s Hypocrisy on Freedom of Religion and Belief

April 6, 2017

Atheism and Muslim Countries: A Conversation with the Moroccan Atheist Kacem El Ghazzali

February 6, 2017

What Secretary Kerry Should Tell Bangladesh Officials

August 29, 2016

The Work of CFI’s Office of Public Policy and Legal Department

February 8, 2016

Freethought from the Heartland

Letter Delivered to Indiana Governor Mike Pence

March 14, 2016

HAPA Calls for Investigation of Indiana Contract with Real Alternatives

October 21, 2015

Response to Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood

August 12, 2015

Christian Right Targets Indiana Children

July 6, 2015

Proud of My State—Indiana

April 3, 2015

Guest Contributors

We Dissent: International Blasphemy Rights Day Comes with a New Urgency in 2020

September 30, 2020

May Her Memory Be a Blessing: On the Loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

September 21, 2020

George Cherrie and the Venezuelan Dancing Devil

September 17, 2020

Leaving Oppression: A Secular Rescue Story

September 8, 2020

Trump Puts the Squeeze on Science at the FDA

September 1, 2020

Hollywood Reality Check

Irony Maiden

June 29, 2017

Cubs win, but what about the Universe?

November 3, 2016

Give Scientologists a Chance

May 19, 2015

“You (non-Christian) Kids Get Off My Lawn!”

February 26, 2014

Grand Canyon Atheists? Dear Jeffrey Kluger at Time magazine…

December 6, 2013

Investigative Briefs

Joe Nickell is a former stage magician, private investigator, and teacher. He’s authored numerous books, including Inquest on the Shroud of Turin (1998), Pen, Ink and Evidence (2003), Unsolved History (2005) and Adventures in Paranormal Investigation (2007). Joe Nickell investigates historical, paranormal, and forensic mysteries, myths and hoaxes and writes about them here. Investigative Briefs provides a rational understanding of the world around you

Writing “The Night Before Christmas”: Who Dunnit?

December 19, 2019

On Waiting for Houdini’s Ghost

November 7, 2019

Something to Cry About: Investigating a “Miraculous” Eye-Con

October 9, 2019

“Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood”: A Nickell-odeon Review (with Personal Memoir)

September 4, 2019

Yours Truly Didn’t Disappear—Khashoggi-like—at Turin Shroud Conference

August 23, 2019

Mass Shooting Deep Dive

Mass Shootings and Media Literacy

July 2, 2019

Who Are Mass Shooters? Mass Shooter Demographics

May 31, 2019

How Common Are Mass Shootings? The Nature and Frequency of Mass Shootings

March 27, 2019

No Faith Value

Can I Oppose Waterboarding If I’ve Never Been Waterboarded?

June 30, 2020

The Democratic Left, Biden, and Rational Choices

April 13, 2020

Categories, Gender Identity, and Women’s Sports

September 4, 2019

A Natural Mistake

July 10, 2019

Just War Doctrine and Impeachment

June 4, 2019

On Campus

The Other F Word

July 16, 2018

Is There Room in Atheism for Trans People?

June 15, 2018

Reflecting on a CFI Outreach Internship: Vicki Smith

August 23, 2017

Swiping Left on the Religious

June 1, 2017

Reflecting on a CFI Outreach Internship: London Sneden

September 8, 2016

Openly Secular

Openly Secular Day serves as a call to action for those with a secular identity by encouraging openness and dialogue around one’s identity and beliefs. Some common secular identities include atheist, agnostic, secular humanist, freethinker, and secularist, though you are encouraged to identify however your beliefs are best described.

My Eternal Problem with Openly Secular Day

October 12, 2018

Peeling Onions with Celestia Ward

Injecting Some Disinfectant into Our Panicked Presumptions

April 29, 2020

Lessons to Learn from Canadian Susan the Bridezilla

September 14, 2018

Outrage Vampires versus Breastfeeding Moms

July 17, 2018

Reason Rally

All Rallied Out

June 5, 2016

The Rise of Bonya Ahmed: The Reason Rally Mini-Con Keynote

June 5, 2016

Religious Burdens, Real and Imagined: Nick Little on the Mini-Con Legal Panel

June 5, 2016

Humanism’s Selective Memory Problem

June 5, 2016

Leaving God, Finding Yourself

June 5, 2016

Secular Islam

Secular Islam was created by the Center for Inquiry to collect the writings, thoughts, and speeches of secular Muslims, Ex-Muslims, believers, doubters, and unbelievers, brought together by a great struggle, not between the West and Islam, but between the free and the unfree.

The Totalitarian Nature of Islam

August 11, 2020

Is Islam Compatible With Democracy and Human Rights?

November 16, 2018

Islam and the Liberation of Women in the Middle East

November 10, 2018

A Call to the Muslims of the World

August 10, 2018

Islam and Women’s Rights | Overcoming Inequality

June 20, 2018

Separating Truths and Myths

Dr. Caleb Lack uses his expertise as a professor of psychology at the University of Central Oklahoma to sift through the pseudoscience, myths, and anti-truths that are pervasive in mental health, to illuminate the truth. Separating Truths and Myths reshapes and removes the stigma attached to mental health and mental health therapies and practices.

What Is the Havening Technique and Does It Treat Trauma and Fear?

January 30, 2019

Preying on the Predatory Journals: A Case Study

December 19, 2018

Energy Psychology: An APA-Endorsed Pseudoscience

November 14, 2018

The Best Approach for Evidence Based Practice

September 12, 2018

Do Antidepressants Actually Work?

August 3, 2018

She Sells Science 

She Sells Science covers social, political, and pop culture topics while uncovering myths about human behavior using science and comedy. Natalia brings her unique perspective as an anthropologist, comedian, and feminist to the column in hopes to spark conversations, give deeper scientific insight, and induce a spit take! You can follow her on Twitter @natalia13reagan


Whose At Fault? California’s Latest Quakes

July 30, 2019

Women’s Health vs. the First Amendment

July 13, 2018

The American Rationalist

The American Rationalist was published by the Center for Inquiry and included insightful commentaries on religious criticism and featured topics on science, religion, separation of church and state, and applied philosophy. The Center for Inquiry looks back at its extensive publication history to offer readers critical perspectives on freethought, atheism, and skepticism.

What Makes Conservatives More Religious Than Liberals?

September 9, 2020

What Should the Sceptic Say to Believers?

November 21, 2018

Who Can We Call a Humanist?

November 7, 2018

God Has Too Many Attributes to Exist

October 31, 2018

The Stupidity of the Intelligent

September 27, 2018

The Law and Religion

Dr. Leslie C. Griffin uses her expertise as a professor of constitutional law at the William S. Boyd School of Law. The Law and Religion explores the intersection between the impact religion plays in our world and how the law can make a difference.

Why Women Aren’t Heard | Silencing of Women in the Catholic Church

October 10, 2018

Choosing Body Autonomy over Purity

September 26, 2018

Fighting against Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church

September 11, 2018

The Morning Heresy

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.

PPE > C-list PSAs

October 1, 2020


September 30, 2020

Do Not Interact with This Person

September 29, 2020


September 28, 2020

We Do Some Nudity, We Do Some Blasphemy

September 25, 2020

The Rationality of Science

The Origin of Myths | Where Do Misconceptions and False Beliefs Come From

September 25, 2020

The Allure of Neuromyths & Brain Science

August 28, 2020

How Many Neurons Are In The Human Brain? A Journey To Find The Answer

July 21, 2020

Is Bullshit the Normal Condition?

June 26, 2020

The Truth About Nootropic Brain Supplements and Brain Power

May 29, 2020

The Thoughtful Conduit

The Thoughtful Conduit connects ideas and people through different or unusual means, including criticism of science journalism and discussions of alternate outreach methods. Think outside the box. Get beyond the echo chamber.

‘Birds Are Not Dinosaurs’: A Case Study in Science Denial?

January 31, 2019

A Skeptic Among Postmodernists? A Tale of Outreach Through Comics

December 31, 2018

A Review of At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life

November 23, 2018

‘A Little Bit Subversive’: Science and Skepticism at the Dutchess County Fair

October 4, 2018

Sensational Journalism: Blowing up the New England Supervolcano Story

August 8, 2018


Secular Addiction Recovery is for Everyone

August 29, 2019

Wadsworth-Sheng Scholars 2019

The following selection of essays was made possible thanks to the generous scholarship support of Spike Wadsworth and Sherry Sheng.

The Future of Religion & Skepticism with Richard Dawkins

April 10, 2020

Misinformation, Women’s Bodies, and Dr. Jen Gunter

April 10, 2020

CSICon: Lessons Learned

April 10, 2020

Legislative Support for Complementary and Alternative Medical Practices and the Greater Danger of Pseudoscience Legitimization in America

April 10, 2020

Women in Secularism

Bonya Ahmed Connects the Global Dots on Religious Extremism

September 25, 2016

Katha Pollitt talks Abortion Opposition and the Erasure of Women

September 25, 2016

“Humanism Taught Me to Fight” – Secular Women in Other Movements

September 25, 2016

Fault Lines for Free Speech at Women in Secularism 4

September 24, 2016

Soraya Chemaly: The Internet’s Exploitation Marketplace

September 24, 2016