Nothing Should Be Immune from Criticism
Without free expression, the other rights we revere stand on quicksand. Religious ideas and leaders must be as subject as any others to criticism and even satire.
The Harms of Blasphemy Laws
Blasphemy laws threaten religious freedom in many countries; the situation is most severe in Pakistan.
The Importance of Being Blasphemous
Looking back on the Satanic Verses affair from the time of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, it is clear that Western culture has hemorrhaged away its courage.
Taslima Nasrin: The Point of Inquiry Interview
Banglaesh’s best-known critic of all religions reflects on her new exile.
CFI’s Campaign for Free Expression and International Blasphemy Rights Day : An Origin Story
How did International Blasphemy Rights Day begin? Recollections of one who was there.
Jesus Was No Man of Peace: The Bible Says He Was a Violent Coward
The popular image of Jesus as a man of peace is not supported even by the Bible. Nontheists should stop paying it lip service.
Without a Prayer of a Chance
I don’t credit God for my extraordinary recovery from illness, but I won’t begrudge my friends the satisfaction they got from praying for me.
Please Stop Praying for Me
I won’t be a jerk and tell you your prayers for me are in vain. But I will ask you to give to a scientific charity instead.
The Contingency of Belief: Present Beliefs Stem from Past Happenstance
Believers today ready to defend, preach, proselytize, or even kill and die for their faith are likely dedicating their lives to ideas they hold by accident.
Middle East Deadlock
Readers sound off on Israel, Palestine, and the Middle East. The first of two parts.
If This Be Blasphemy, Let Us Make the Most of It
The arguments favoring the right to blaspheme have changed little in nine years. But they’re still right.
Destruction is the fanatic’s way of clearing away reality for a better view of the nonexistent divine.
The Christian concept of grace has pernicious effects for morality—and for world affairs.
The case for “trigger warnings” and similar content notes.
Just a Rationalization? Free Speech, Absolutism, and Motivated Reasoning
The commitment to free speech may admit of exceptions. But a more important principle may be to be vigilant for dishonesty and disingenuity, not only in our opponents’ positions but in our own.
Revelations, Visitations, and All That
Alleged encounters with the miraculous aren’t simply common; they’re way too common.
Niloy Neel: Fourth Atheist Blogger Hacked to Death in 2015
“In less than six months, four secular bloggers have been attacked and killed by machete-wielding men in Bangladesh.”
Letters in response to Free Inquiry volume 35, issue 5.
Francis, Climate Change, Overpopulation
“While Francis said in January that Catholics do not need to ‘breed like rabbits,’ he refused to back down on the Church’s contraception ban.”
Walter Kaufmann: The Man Who Saved Heresy
Walter Kaufmann saved skepticism, almost singlehandedly, from McCarthyite repression and Eisenhoweresque torpor.
It’s Not Nothing: When Religion and Science Overreach
The author explains why scientists and Christian apologists need to be held to the same standards of argumentation.
A Dead Fox and Other Revelations
Sometimes life finds a forceful way to remind us that ultimately, we’re all roadkill.
A Guide to Exploring Atheism
A review of What If I’m a(n) Atheist? A Teen’s Guide to Exploring a Life Without Religion, by David Seidman.
The Poetry of the First Amendment
A review of Madison’s Music: On Reading the First Amendment, by Burt Neuborne.
A review of Revolutionary Ideas: The Rights of Man to Robespierre, by Jonathan Israel.
Lavanam – Atheist, Social Reformer, Philosopher, and Human Rights Activist, 1930-2015
The Center for Inquiry extends its deepest condolences to the family of Lavanam.
Short poem about death from a secular humanist perspective.