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Lower on the Misanthropy Scale
January 29, 2021

Before we get to today’s news roundup, quick housekeeping note: The Morning Heresy will be off all next week, which of course means you’ll have to fend for yourselves, scrounging for scraps of madness-inducing news all on your own. I’m so sorry to do that to you. CFI’s government affairs director Jason Lemieux testified before …

A Response from New York Magazine
February 1, 2021

My previous blog about the False Memory Syndrome Foundation (FMSF) and the article about them published in New York magazine was sent via email to the address listed for “Letters to the Editor” at NYM. My hope was that they would publish the letter in the next issue of NYM and maybe explain how this …

“The Memory War” and the FMSF
January 28, 2021

The False Memory Syndrome Foundation (FMSF) was recently the target of a malicious article in New York Magazine (January 24, 2021, and online in The Cut, a subsection of the New York Magazine website). The article is titled “The Memory War,” with the tag line of “A daughter’s accusations, and the foundation built to discredit …

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Secular Rescue in 2021: The Good Work We Can’t Show You
January 26, 2021

The Center for Inquiry’s Secular Rescue program works to provide emergency assistance to atheist writers, bloggers, publishers, and activists who face threats due to their beliefs or expressions regarding religion. 2020 was perhaps the program’s most challenging year, due to the convergence of several countries’ intensified crackdown on dissent and, most obviously, the COVID-19 pandemic.  “Closed …

The Medieval Roots of QAnon: Feb. 4 on Skeptical Inquirer Presents
January 25, 2021

QAnon: Blood Libel for the Digital Age, with Stephanie Kemmerer The conspiracy theory movement known as QAnon, entirely based on lies and misinformation, has quickly gone from inhabiting the darkest recesses of the internet to fueling an all-out attack on truth and democracy. Where did it come from? Thursday, February 4 at 7pm ET, on …

Skeptical Inquirer Honors the Life and Legacy of the Amazing James Randi
January 12, 2021

Remembrances from Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, Penn & Teller, Richard Dawkins, and more. A master of illusion and a champion of reason, he used his incomparable talent, skill, and wit to expose paranormal frauds and excite passionate curiosity. His persona was dazzling and mischievous, while his mission was deeply consequential and compassionate. With remembrances …

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Press Releases

Health Officials Must Disavow Carson’s Reckless Endorsement of Homeopathic COVID Treatment
November 23, 2020

Dr. Ben Carson’s public endorsement of a homeopathic treatment for COVID-19 is a threat to public health that must be categorically disavowed by federal health officials, said the Center for Inquiry, a nonprofit that advocates for reason and science in public policy.  The Associated Press reported on Nov. 21 that Dr. Carson, the Secretary of Housing and …

D.C.’s Council Vote Is a Win for Vaccine science
Office of Public Policy
November 17, 2020

Today the Center for Inquiry (CFI) commended the Council of the District of Columbia for overwhelmingly voting to approve the DC Minor Consent for Vaccinations Amendment Act of 2019 (Bill 23-171). Council Members voted 10-3 at a final hearing of the bill Tuesday afternoon, moving young people a step closer to being able to protect …

Let Kids of Anti-Vaxx Parents Consent to Vaccinations, CFI Tells D.C. Council
Office of Public Policy
October 29, 2020

Children have the right to protection from preventable infectious diseases, even if their parents are unwilling to provide that protection in the form of officially recommended vaccinations. That’s why the Center for Inquiry is urging D.C. lawmakers to pass the Minor Consent for Vaccinations Amendment Act of 2019, a bill that will allow minors of …