April 29, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is all-encompassing, impacting every area of modern life, and touching upon every aspect of the work we do here at the Richard Dawkins Foundation and the Center for Inquiry. It’s not the only story worth talking about, but it is undeniable.
Perhaps these eager church-goers feel secure in their immunity from COVID-19 because they have been sold on one of the many fake cures being peddled by hucksters. (We’re keeping a close eye on all of them and curating reliable, science-based information at our Coronavirus Resource Center.) We’ll take a trip through the history of medical quackery with a little help from our own Quackwatch.
There is still a presidential election on the horizon (we assume), and it’s crucial that the reality-based community makes its voice heard. In our last issue, we learned that self-described atheists and agnostics are the most politically active belief group in the United States. This week, we’ll see how the political cohesion of the Nones has the potential to have a powerful impact on the 2020 election and beyond.
So the news isn’t all bad, all the time. We have another positive development in the struggle for free expression around the world, as Scotland looks poised to scrap its law against blasphemy. Plus, we’ll celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope and excitedly anticipate the wonders it has yet to reveal.
One more thing. The Secular Student Alliance is organizing a virtual graduation ceremony for high school seniors who won’t get to celebrate this milestone in person with their peers. If you know a high school senior who might like to take part, check out this link.
It’s great to see that even when we can’t get near each other, the secular community finds ways for us to take care of each other. Let’s keep it up.
Robyn E. Blumner,
CEO and President, Center for Inquiry
Executive Director, Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science