Prove Your Paranormal Powers and Win $250,000 from the CFI Investigations Group
June 26, 2020 by

Can you read other people’s thoughts? Can you move objects with your mind? Can you predict the future? More to the point, can you prove it? If you can, the Center for Inquiry Investigations Group will give you $250,000.  For two decades, CFIIG has offered those who profess to have supernatural, paranormal, or occult abilities the opportunity to definitively …

A New Urgency for ‘Cosmos’: Ann Druyan’s Possible Worlds in ‘Skeptical Inquirer’
June 17, 2020 by

The third season of the landmark television series Cosmos is set to debut this fall, an ode to “the twin engines of skepticism and wonder” that comes not a moment too soon. The soul of Cosmos: Possible Worlds is cocreator, writer, and director Ann Druyan, who brings her wisdom and insight to the latest issue of Skeptical Inquirer. “I was …

Walmart Homeopathy Fraud Lawsuit: Center for Inquiry to Appeal Judge’s Inexplicable Dismissal
June 15, 2020 by

The Center for Inquiry vowed to continue its efforts to end the deceptive marketing of homeopathic fake medicine, announcing that it will appeal the dismissal of its consumer protection lawsuit against Walmart.  On May 20, 2019, the Center for Inquiry (CFI), an organization dedicated to advancing reason and science, filed a lawsuit in the District of …

Writer, Poet, Lyricist, and Atheist Activist Javed Akhtar Wins Richard Dawkins Award
June 9, 2020 by

For half a century, India’s Javed Akhtar has been a powerful force for secularism, reason, and human rights, challenging superstition and intolerance through his work in poetry, screenwriting, and political activism. To honor his decades of work on behalf of these crucial values, Akhtar is the 2020 recipient of the Richard Dawkins Award. Akhtar will …

Wisconsin Discriminates Against Atheist Couple Seeking to Marry
May 26, 2020 by

Wisconsin is discriminating against nonreligious couples by denying them the right to marry by mutual declaration, a privilege granted to religious believers.  Last week, two national secular watchdog organizations — the Center for Inquiry (CFI) and American Atheists — were contacted by a couple from Winnebago County who were refused permission to marry by mutual …

What Are the Makers of ‘Plandemic’ Hiding? Conspiracy Theorists Refuse to Provide Evidence for Outrageous Claims
May 21, 2020 by

The infamous conspiracy video Plandemic has recently spread like a virus throughout the internet, providing an unprecedented megaphone for a litany of outrageous claims about the nature of the COVID-19 outbreak and frightening allegations of vast government conspiracies. But when presented by the Center for Inquiry with the opportunity to back up these claims with evidence, the …

Ingersoll Museum to Remain Closed Due to COVID-19
May 7, 2020 by

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council for Secular Humanism announced this week that the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum will not open as scheduled on Memorial Day weekend, and will remain closed until further notice. “The International Council of Museums estimates that 95 percent of the world’s museums have shut their doors due to the pandemic …

Center for Inquiry Calls for Reinstatement of White House Vaccine Expert
Office of Public Policy
April 23, 2020 by

The Trump Administration’s removal of the federal government’s leading expert on vaccines, in apparent retaliation for disagreement with the president, exemplifies how the White House is placing the ego of President Trump over the safety and lives of Americans, said the Center for Inquiry today.  STAT News reported that Dr. Rick Bright, formerly the director …

Rein in Homeopathy and Protect Americans’ Health, Science Advocates Tell FDA
April 13, 2020 by

Makers of homeopathic drugs must be held accountable for the safety and efficacy of their products, the Center for Inquiry told the Food and Drug Administration, urging the agency to take long-overdue action to protect American consumers from risking their health on useless snake oil.  In public comments filed with the agency, the Center for …

Secular Group Calls on MI Governor to Repeal Religious Exemptions for Public Gatherings During COVID-19 Pandemic
April 10, 2020 by

Contact: Jennifer Beahan,Executive Director, CFI Michiganjbeahan@centerforinquiry.org616-698-2342 x801 After receiving no response from the letter sent to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and the Governor’s failure to remove the special religious exemption from the April 9th extension of the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order, Center for Inquiry Michigan is again calling on the Governor and state legislators to repeal this special …