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 …

CFI Blasts Trump’s ‘Twisted Vision’ of Christian Nationalism in State of the Union
February 5, 2020 by

In last night’s State of the Union address, President Donald Trump crowed that, “In America, we celebrate faith. We cherish religion. We lift our voices in prayer, and we raise our sights to the Glory of God!” This rhetoric goes far beyond the usual exaltations of faith that are commonplace in political oratory. It is …

Trump “Religious Freedom” Rules Encourage Discrimination and Intimidation, says Center for Inquiry
January 16, 2020 by

The Trump administration took a battering ram to the wall of separation between church and state today with two separate directives that encourage and legitimize religiously based intimidation and discrimination.  The White House announced that federally funded organizations would be given a sweeping license to discriminate in employment and in the provision of services, and declared that …

The Undercounted Nones: ‘Free Inquiry’ on America’s Overlooked Atheists
January 15, 2020 by

Survey after survey shows that the religiously unaffiliated are growing as a share of the American population, but a closer look suggests that the “Nones” aren’t just rising, they’re dominating. In the latest issue of Free Inquiry, the leading journal of secular humanism, Gregory S. Paul digs into the data and finds that atheists, agnostics, and …

Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right, Secular Groups Tell SCOTUS in Case of Muslim American Persecution
January 13, 2020 by

Muslim Americans persecuted by law enforcement deserve justice, the Center for Inquiry told the Supreme Court in a joint amicus brief, but warned that providing financial restitution through the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is misguided, dangerous, and unconstitutional.  Today the Center for Inquiry (CFI) and American Atheists (AA) filed a jointly written amicus brief with …

Pseudoscience in Children’s Psychotherapy: Skeptical Inquirer Tackles Dubious Claims
December 24, 2019 by

Well-meaning parents can endanger their children when they are fooled by the false promises of pseudoscientific “natural” alternative medicine and the fears stoked by anti-vaccine conspiracy theories, and this is no less true when it comes to mental health. The latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer, the magazine of science and reason, assembles of roster of experts …

Texas Secular Celebrant Case Appealed to Fifth Circuit
December 19, 2019 by

Center for Inquiry Seeks Equal Treatment for Nonreligious Wedding Officiants Nonreligious couples in Texas deserve the same right enjoyed by their religious neighbors; the choice to have their marriages solemnized by an officiant who represents their life stance and beliefs. Earlier this year, a U.S. District Court denied this right, a decision now being appealed …

Facebook’s reporting system being used to suppress religious freedom, says bipartisan Congressional letter
December 6, 2019 by

A joint release of the Center for Inquiry, the Secular Coalition for America, and Ex-Muslims of North America. Facebook faced accusations this morning of enabling censorship on their platform through a letter from Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA), co-signed by Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Susan Wild (D-PA), and Paul Gosar (R-AZ). Huffman, a co-chair and founding …

Louisiana Abortion Opponents Weaponizing Religion Against Women, CFI tells Supreme Court
December 3, 2019 by

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is urging the Supreme Court to recognize and reject a transparently cynical ploy by Louisiana politicians to impose draconian abortion restrictions on women in the state. In the case of June Medical Services LLC v. Gee, abortion opponents are resurrecting previously refuted tactics from Texas’s landmark abortion case, falsely claiming that their …

No, America is Still Not a Christian Nation: A Myth Comprehensively Quashed in ‘Free Inquiry’
November 19, 2019 by

A conservative pastor recently gained attention for posting a video of himself in which he burns a book refuting the myth of America’s founding as a so-called “Christian nation,” a myth that religious conservatives seem determined to uphold no matter the historical facts. In defiance of the itchy Zippo fingers of Christian nationalists, the latest …