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 …

Reject the Quackery Grab Bag, CFI Michigan Director Tells Legislature  
June 21, 2019 by

Jennifer Beahan, executive director of CFI Michigan, the state branch of the Center for Inquiry, urged the legislature Thursday to reject legislation that would license the practice of acupuncture and a host of other useless pseudoscientific treatments. Beahan testified before the Michigan House Committee on Health Policy about the danger of legitimizing these discredited and …

Bladensburg Cross Decision Reveals SCOTUS Contempt for Establishment Clause
June 20, 2019 by

Today’s ruling on the constitutionality of the Bladensburg cross makes plain the Supreme Court’s allegiance to the religious right and its contempt for the separation of church from state, said the Center for Inquiry. The Bladensburg Peace Cross is a 40-foot concrete Latin Cross located on state land in Maryland and maintained at taxpayer expense. …

Center for Inquiry Applauds New York for Ending Religious Exemptions to Vaccines
June 14, 2019 by

The Center for Inquiry applauds the State of New York for ending the religious exemption to mandatory vaccination for school-age children. On Thursday, June 13, the New York State Legislature voted to approve legislation repealing the exemption. Governor Andrew Cuomo promptly signed the legislation into law. “The Legislature allowed sanity to prevail by repealing this …