The Center for Inquiry fired its feline fellows for helping a BuzzFeed reporter write a story about sexual harassment allegations against Lawrence Krauss.
“We realize that talking cats are a marvel of science,” said John Z. Miller, Executive Director of CFI Chicago, which used to care for the cats. “However, Lawrence Krauss is an honorary member of the CFI board, and we have to protect our members and allies. We can’t have fellows helping the media to run negative articles about us.” Miller added that the cats had previous warnings for making “statements uncritical of social justice.” “I’d love to keep them around, but this decision was made much higher up.” He coughed and made a noise that sounded like, “Richard Dawkins.”
According to CFI documents obtained by the Babbler, the cats, genetically engineered to have a human level of intelligence, admitted to forwarding emails between CFI’s business and finance manager Patricia Beauchamp and then CFI president Ronald Lindsay. The emails were regarding an incident on a cruise.
A questioner, listed as “RD,” asked CFI feline fellow Cassie, “Are you aware that by forwarding these emails, you could have damaged the reputation of a great man of atheism?”
Cassie replied, “There was a claim the reporter was investigating. We provided evidence for the reporter to consider.”
RD followed up with, “Are you willing to consider the possibility that more than 50 people, two institutions, and possibly the Koch Brothers, are trying to destroy Lawrence Krauss to promote fundamentalist Christianity, militant Islam, and radical feminism?”
“That sounds like a conspiracy theory,” said Cassie. “Do I need to report you to the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry?”
“I trust that they will value the word of an esteemed atheist scientist over the word of two furry feminists.”
“That’s the problem.”
Further, in the document, CFI feline fellow Andy says, “We helped expose a very bad man. Do we get a treat?”
The felines were fired after BuzzFeed published the article.
Various sources confirmed that the American Humanist Association immediately hired the felines, and will house them at an undisclosed location. The sources confirm that they will serve as consultants to the Humanists of West Suburban Chicagoland. The secular Jewish congregations Beth Chaverim and Kol Hadash will also contribute to their upkeep. Cassie may be a guest speaker at Secular Social Justice. Both Andy and Cassie will also be guest bloggers at Freethought Blogs and The Orbit.
CFI refused to comment for this article.
A man who claimed to be a spokesperson for Krauss said, “Lawrence Krauss cannot comment at this time because Arizona State University is reviewing the allegations against him. We hope once the hysteria has passed, we can obliterate his enemies and marvel at the universes their nothingness will create.”
Andy and Cassie released the following statement: “We quit the James Randi Educational Foundation. We were fired from the Center for Inquiry. We hope the American Humanist Association will be our forever secular organization.”
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