WALMART SUED FOR FRAUD: Nation’s Largest Retailer Deceives and Endangers Consumers with Homeopathic Fake Medicine
May 20, 2019 by

Walmart is committing wide-scale consumer fraud and endangering the health of its customers though its sale and marketing of homeopathic medicines, the Center for Inquiry alleges in a lawsuit filed in the District of Columbia on May 20. CFI, an organization advancing reason and science, says the mega-retailer is deceiving consumers by making no meaningful …

Equality Act Passage Heralded as Long Overdue Pushback against Religious License to Discriminate
May 17, 2019 by

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) wholeheartedly applauded the passage of the Equality Act (H.R. 5) today in the House of Representatives by a vote of 236–172, heralding the measure as a necessary and long overdue bulwark against discrimination. Introduced in the House by David Cicilline, the Equality Act amends the Civil Rights Act to prohibit …

How the Nones Can Become a Political Powerhouse, in the Latest “Free Inquiry”
May 14, 2019 by

The “Nones”—those who claim no religious affiliation—are now in a three-way tie with Catholics and evangelicals for the largest “belief” group in America, but you’d never know it by looking at election returns and exit polls. Not all Nones are nonbelievers, but they do share many common values and a refusal to submit to anyone’s …

HHS “Conscience Rule” Places Religious Privilege above Patients, says Center for Inquiry
May 2, 2019 by

President Trump’s newly announced “conscience rule” granting religious exemptions to taxpayer-funded health care workers and organizations was condemned by the Center for Inquiry today for putting religious privilege over the best interests of patients and green-lighting discrimination against marginalized communities. “When a patient visits a health care facility, the primary concern should be the welfare …

Ruling on Secular Prayer in Congress is Discriminatory and Exclusionary
April 19, 2019 by

“It’s obvious now that our federal courts view atheists as second-class citizens.” An appellate court ruling allowing Congress to exclude secular invocations from its traditional prayers is a blatantly discriminatory act of exclusion against nonreligious Americans, the Center for Inquiry (CFI) declared today. In Barker v. Conroy, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for …

Richard Dawkins Award Moving to the Center for Inquiry
April 16, 2019 by

The Richard Dawkins Award, an honor presented annually to outstanding individuals who have significantly furthered the cause of reason and science, is moving to the Center for Inquiry (CFI). Prominent evolutionary biologist, best-selling author, and outspoken atheist, Richard Dawkins, is housing the award with CFI now that his namesake foundation, the Richard Dawkins Foundation for …

Abuse of Deaf Students by Nuns Recounted in ‘Free Inquiry’
March 18, 2019 by

Several decades of crimes against children under the auspices of the Catholic Church have finally begun to come to light. In the latest issue of Free Inquiry magazine, we are reminded that some of those crimes reach depths of depravity that confounds our already shocked consciences, with accounts of nuns as well as priests committing …

Trump Budget Backs Discriminatory Religious Adoption Providers at Children’s Expense
March 12, 2019 by

A provision of President Trump’s budget proposal that would permit government-funded adoption and foster care providers to discriminate based on religion is a cruel pander to the religious right, said the Center for Inquiry, denouncing the provision for placing religious beliefs over the needs of vulnerable children. A line item in the budget for the Department …

Trump Budget Starves Science and Education at Worst Possible Time
March 11, 2019 by

Billions of dollars in federal cuts to science and public education would significantly hinder America’s capacity for dealing with 21st-century challenges, said the Center for Inquiry in response to in the Trump administration’s 2020 budget request. CFI also warned that the proposed cuts would thwart the progress of scientific breakthroughs that improve and enrich the …

Expert in Online Hoaxes Offers to Calm Fears of “Momo” Suicide Game
March 1, 2019 by

A viral internet hoax is causing panic among parents and educators, terrified that kids are being lured into self-harm and suicide by a creature called “Momo.” Benjamin Radford, an expert in folklore and urban legends is offering to calm the fears of adults and children by talking to classes about the truth behind the Momo …