Statement on the Death of James Randi
October 21, 2020 by

We at the Center for Inquiry are heartbroken over the death of James Randi, who died on October 20 at the age of 92. Randi helped found the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP), the organization that would one day become the Center for Inquiry, in 1976, alongside legends such as …

The Lie That Must Die: ‘Skeptical Inquirer’ Eradicates the Vaccine-Autism Myth
October 20, 2020 by

Misinformation and partisanship have clouded all public discussion of a potential vaccine against the coronavirus, but the roots of vaccine fears have their modern roots in the fraudulent claim that the MMR vaccine causes autism. In the latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer, the dangerous and thoroughly-debunked vaccine-autism myth is put to rest, hopefully once and for …

Secular Day of the Dead Zoom Event to Honor Ancestors, No Religion Required
October 13, 2020 by

Nonreligious artists and activists will come together November 1 to honor the memories of loved ones and luminaries for a live online celebration of our one and only life, with no prayer or belief in an afterlife required. The Secular Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos Secular) will put a secular spin on traditions and …

Pivot Points on Religion and Race in ‘FREE INQUIRY’
October 6, 2020 by

For many nonbelievers, letting go of religion was a slow and grueling process, a struggle to contend with deeply held and contradictory beliefs. But for others, a single moment is all it takes for a sudden change in perspective, for religious belief goes up in smoke. The latest issue of Free Inquiry magazine explores these life-changing pivot points …

Richard Dawkins to Honor India’s Javed Akhtar, Defender of Reason and Secularism, in Live Online Event October 24
September 21, 2020 by

Their work has inspired and enlightened millions of people around the world and across generations. Their passionate advocacy for reason and their unapologetic questioning of religion and superstition have broken taboos and changed the cultural landscape.  On October 24, these two champions of science and secularism will come together for the first time, as evolutionary …

CFI to Court of Appeals: Protect Consumers from Walmart’s Fake Medicine Deception
September 11, 2020 by

The Center for Inquiry urged the D.C. Court of Appeals to reject Walmart’s attempt to sidestep a consumer-protection lawsuit over the mega-retailer’s deceptive sale and marketing of homeopathic medicine.  CFI, an organization that advocates for reason and science on behalf of consumers, sued Walmart in 2019 under the District’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act for selling homeopathic remedies …

We Could Be Wrong: The Value of Intellectual Humility in ‘Skeptical Inquirer’
September 8, 2020 by

In our hyperpolarized, hyperpartisan era, perhaps the hardest thing to do is to admit we might be wrong. Baseless, unscientific beliefs are routinely expressed with absolute certainty, and for advocates of science and reason it is tempting to confront false claims with equal conviction, or even contemptuous dismissal. But in the latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer, …

CFI Applauds Virginia for Rejecting Religious “Get Out of COVID Vaccine Free” Card
Office of Public Policy
August 25, 2020 by

Today, lawmakers in Virginia acted to protect public health and uphold secular principles by rejecting legislation that would have created a dangerous and medically unjustifiable religious exemption to emergency immunization orders issued during a public health emergency.  Alerted to the bill’s introduction during a special emergency session of the Virginia State Legislature to address the …

Secular Groups to Congress: Reserve Relief Funds for Public Education, Not Religious Schools
Office of Public Policy
August 6, 2020 by

American public schools are facing unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, but opponents of public education, led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, seek to use the crisis to funnel taxpayer dollars to unaccountable private religious schools. A coalition of the country’s largest freethought organizations is urging Congress not to sacrifice public education for the benefit …

Pompeo’s ‘Unalienable Rights’ Report a Vehicle for Christian Nationalism, Says Center for Inquiry
Office of Public Policy
July 16, 2020 by

In announcing a draft report by his Commission on Unalienable Rights, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pushed the false narrative that “faith in god” is necessary for morality and human rights. The draft report doubles down on Pompeo’s previous ahistorical claims that the United States was built on an explicitly Christian foundation. “This deceitful claim erases the …