TIES GETS TO 50: Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science Celebrates its 50th State
October 4, 2019 by

On August 21, 1959, Hawaii became the 50th state in the United States of America.  And on November 2, 2019, Hawaii will become the 50th state to host a workshop by TIES, the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science! Launched in 2015 by the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, now part of the Center …

Free Inquiry: Ex-Muslim Women Defying Oppression
September 25, 2019 by

The latest issue of Free Inquiry magazine features a stirring and defiant essay from Zara Kay, collaborating with Peter Clarke, telling of the crushing oppressiveness of blasphemy and apostasy laws in parts of the Muslim world and how those laws victimize women in particular. Women in these countries, already restricted in how they dress, what …

Consumers Feel “Scammed” by Walmart and CVS over Homeopathic Fake Medicine, Survey Shows
September 17, 2019 by

Survey Respondents Lose Trust in Megaretailers, Express Confusion and Betrayal, Favor Clearer Labeling Being presented with the facts about homeopathic products leads Americans to lose significant trust in the two largest drug retailers, Walmart and CVS, both of which are the subject of a lawsuit over their sale of homeopathic fake medicine alongside science-based remedies. …

Marine Vet to Sec. Wilkie: Stop Using VA to Promote Christianity
August 28, 2019 by ,

Center for Inquiry Director of Government Relations, Jason Lemieux, decried the remarks of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, who told the Washington Times that VA hospitals were being “bullied” when asked not to display Bibles and other Christian symbols. Mr. Lemieux is a combat veteran who served three tours in Iraq as an infantryman with …

Skeptical Inquirer: In The Trenches against Fake Medicine
August 27, 2019 by

The Health Wars in a Special Expanded Issue Medical pseudoscience is rampant, promoted not only by obvious snake oil salesmen and self-help gurus promising all manner of cures from “natural” and “alternative” remedies, but even by vaunted institutions of legitimate science such as the World Health Organization and the National Geographic Society. In a special …

Texas Court Rejects Secular Wedding Celebrants, Center for Inquiry Vows to Appeal
August 19, 2019 by

Under Texas law, having the wedding of your dreams is a benefit unfairly reserved for religious people, now a federal district court in Texas says that’s okay. On August 16, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, rejected a challenge to the privileged status granted religious organizations and individuals under Texas marriage …

What’s So Special About Us? ‘Free Inquiry’ on Human Exceptionalism
August 12, 2019 by

Human beings have discarded the notion that our planet sits at the literal center of the universe, and most of us have accepted the fact that we evolved through natural processes, not zapped into existence by a deity. But according to Adam Neiblum, author of the cover feature for the latest issue of Free Inquiry …

Lawsuit Targeting Walmart and CVS over Fake Medicine Gets $250,000 Boost from Stiefel Freethought Foundation
July 10, 2019 by

Advocates waging a legal battle to expose the fraud of homeopathic fake medicine are welcoming the support of a formidable ally. The Stiefel Freethought Foundation is adding $150,000 to the $100,000 already committed to help underwrite the consumer fraud cases against megaretailers Walmart and CVS. Activist and philanthropist Todd Stiefel, a former executive of Stiefel …

Ricky Gervais to win the 2019 Richard Dawkins Award in London
July 10, 2019 by

Multi award-winning stand-up comedian, screenwriter and actor Ricky Gervais will be presented with this year’s Richard Dawkins Award, from the Center for Inquiry. CFI campaigns to remove the influence of religion in science education and public policy, and to eliminate the stigma that surrounds atheism and non-belief. The Richard Dawkins Award has been presented annually since …

Science Advocates Can Take Lessons from Disney: Skeptical Inquirer on Marketing and Persuasion
July 9, 2019 by

As our society confronts challenges and threats such as climate change, the anti-vaccination movement, and the deluge of false claims from the peddlers of pseudoscience and snake oil, it’s more important than ever that the public become more aware and accepting of science. Yet science advocates and skeptics are constantly met with resistance. How can …