A National Defense Education Act for the 21st Century
July 1, 2020 by

The worsening COVID-19 crisis in the United States is attributable to several factors, not least of which is the abysmal response by the federal government and the outright denial and misinformation peddled by the President of the United States. But it is also undeniable that efforts at all levels to slow and stop the virus’s …

CFI Meets with White House Officials on Discrimination in Education
Office of Public Policy
July 1, 2020 by

On June 30, CFI’s Director of Government Affairs, Jason Lemieux, organized a joint meeting with the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to discuss a proposal that would allow religious organizations to discriminate against nonbelievers in federally funded education services. This is CFI’s second such meeting with White House officials on this and …

John de Lancie to Secular Graduates: VOTE! The World Needs You to Shape the Future
June 16, 2020 by

“Being secular is not a lapel pin. It’s a mission.” The class of 2020 is about to take its place in a turbulent world at a turning point of history, when the values of reason, science, and compassion are needed more than ever. For those graduating students who are secular—atheists, agnostics, humanists, and Nones—these trying …

Racist Policing and the Murder of George Floyd
June 10, 2020 by

The murder of George Floyd by police has unleashed outrage at the ongoing pattern of brutal and racist policing that still afflicts many police departments. For centuries, African Americans have experienced persecution that exposes the extreme depravity and cruelty of what people are capable of inflicting on those they wrongly perceive as different from themselves: …

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.
Office of Public Policy
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 …