Secular Group Rebukes Michigan Governor’s Exemptions for Religious Gatherings
March 27, 2020 by

Exempting churches from statewide prohibitions on public gatherings due to the coronavirus undermines the very purpose of such restrictions, said the Center for Inquiry in a letter to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, warning that making special exceptions for religious assemblies is both dangerous and constitutionally baseless. An executive order signed by Gov. Whitmer states that “all …

Viruses Do Not Celebrate Easter: CFI Warns Trump’s Wish for ‘Packed Churches’ Will Lead to Calamity
March 25, 2020 by

President Trump is recklessly putting the lives of Americans at risk by promising to end coronavirus prevention guidelines by Easter, said the Center for Inquiry, warning that the president is courting tragedy and disaster by ignoring science in order to appeal to religious sentiments and magical thinking. In an interview with Fox News, President Trump …

Wegmans Hawking Fake Medicine During Pandemic: CFI Calls Out Retailer for Crassly Irresponsible Profiteering
March 16, 2020 by

Wegmans supermarkets are using the confusion and fear surrounding the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to increase its sales of useless homeopathic products, an act of cynicism that the Center for Inquiry is calling out as appalling and irresponsible. Homeopathy is an eighteenth-century pseudoscience in which dangerous substances are diluted to the point that no …

Center for Inquiry Warns Supreme Court of Catastrophic Impact of Expanding Ministerial Exception for Religious Employers
March 11, 2020 by

Fundamental civil rights and labor protections for countless Americans could be decimated if the Supreme Court sides with religious schools seeking carte blanche to hire and fire whomever they like for whatever reason without consequence. The Center for Inquiry urged the Court against any expansion of the so-called “ministerial exception” in an amicus brief filed …

Walmart Attempts to Suppress Consumer Protection Lawsuit by Stoking Prejudice Against Secular Humanists
March 6, 2020 by

Mega-retailer is being sued by the Center for Inquiry over its marketing of homeopathic fake medicines Walmart is attempting to quash a consumer-protection lawsuit over its sale of homeopathic fake medicine with a deceptive motion to dismiss that tries to prejudice the court against the nonreligious organization bringing the case. The Center for Inquiry, which …

Resolution Opposing Global Blasphemy Laws Passes House Committee
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March 4, 2020 by

A bipartisan resolution calling for the worldwide repeal of blasphemy laws unanimously passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee today, which the Center for Inquiry heralded as a powerful statement in support of free expression and true religious freedom.  H.Res. 512 calls upon the Department of State to work toward the global repeal of criminal laws …

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 …

Enhanced Freethought Trail Celebrates New York State’s Role in Women’s Suffrage and Radical Reform
February 28, 2020 by

As Americans commemorate one hundred years of women’s suffrage, the Freethought Trail, which celebrates west-central New York’s rich history as a hotbed of radical reform activism, is growing into an even richer experience both in person and online.  The Freethought Trail, a project of the Center for Inquiry’s Council for Secular Humanism, is both a …

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 …

Confessions of a Former Fake Doctor in ‘Skeptical Inquirer’
February 12, 2020 by

“Six years ago, I was a quack.”  In the latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer, Britt Hermes tells of her previous life as a licensed “naturopathic doctor.” She exposes the lies and self-deception of the alternative-medicine industry and describes how her courage put her in legal jeopardy. Trained in naturopathy, a system that relies on pseudoscientific treatments …