CFI Condemns Trump’s claim that churches are essential services
May 22, 2020 by ,

The Center for Inquiry today condemned President Donald Trump for pressuring governors to designate churches across the country as an “essential service” exempt from stay-at-home orders that are meant to arrest the spread of COVID-19. According to POLITICO Magazine, Trump “commanded” governors to reopen churches and threatened to “override” them if they refused. “The President …

Tell SBA: Don’t Let COVID-19 Relief Funds Go To Religious Activities
April 27, 2020 by

Dear Friend of CFI, In response to the coronavirus stimulus package passed by Congress, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued rules that allow churches to receive coronavirus relief funding for inherently religious activities and to religiously discriminate in employment. Our friends at American Atheists have helpfully created an online portal so that you can …

It’s time to stop giving snake oil salesmen the benefit of the doubt.
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April 13, 2020 by

The makers of homeopathic medicine want it both ways.  They want their “drugs” to be treated like real medicine, to be able claim they can treat all kinds of ailments, and sell them right alongside evidence-based medicines on pharmacy shelves.  They also don’t want their products to be held to the same rigorous standards of …

Comedian Leighann Lord Joins Point of Inquiry Podcast as New Co-Host
April 9, 2020 by

For fifteen years, the Center for Inquiry’s Point of Inquiry podcast has offered engaging, long-form conversations with the most fascinating and brilliant minds in science, religion, politics, and media. This month, a new voice will help lead those conversations with a signature blend of humor and insight, as Point of Inquiry welcomes its new co-host, Leighann Lord.  Beloved by audiences for her …

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A New Resource to Inoculate Against Coronavirus Misinformation
March 25, 2020 by

The public is being inundated by misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic at every level, from blatant internet scams to the false claims of the president of the United States. The Center for Inquiry, as the foundational institution for skeptical inquiry into extraordinary claims of pseudoscience, religion, and the paranormal, is bringing our unique expertise to …

TIES Offers Free Guided Online Lessons in Evolution for Learning at Home
March 19, 2020 by

Educators across the country, determined to keep student learning from grinding to a halt as the coronavirus pandemic causes schools to close, have a new resource. The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science is offering free, ready-made science lessons in the wonders of evolution, available online for both middle school and high school levels.  “All About Evolution” is …

The Rights of Nonbelievers and Iran’s Abuses: CFI at the UN Human Rights Council
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March 9, 2020 by

On March 3 and 9, the Center for Inquiry’s United Nations Advocate, Andreas Kyriacou, delivered statements to the UN Human Rights Council. There, he called for the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief to bring the “necessary vigor” to addressing the persecution of nonbelievers and secularists around the world, and urged the Council …

A Clear Vision for 2020: CFI’s Progress Report
February 25, 2020 by

We are in the midst of confusing and uncertain times. Misinformation pollutes the public discourse to the point of exhaustion as truth obscured and rights are diminished. At the dawn of a new decade, clarity seems to be in short supply. As cliche as it might sound, the year 2020 suggests a time to focus, …

Secular Priorities Front and Center in Meeting with Congressional Freethought Caucus
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February 12, 2020 by

Federal lawmakers and leaders from the secular community met on Capitol Hill on Monday, February 10, when the Congressional Freethought Caucus invited secular advocacy organizations to share ideas and discuss priorities. The Center for Inquiry was there, represented by president and CEO Robyn Blumner and Director of Government Affairs Jason Lemieux. Chaired by Reps. Jared …

Please welcome CFI’s new Development Director Connie Skingel
February 6, 2020 by

Our mission to advance reason and science has perhaps never been more critical, as we face unprecedented assaults on secular government, evidence-based medicine, and basic facts. To carry on this fight, the Center for Inquiry relies on the support of people like you, and we need dedicated and talented professionals to secure the resources we …