Our Mission


The Center for Inquiry strives to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.

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May 17, 2019 ·


At Skeptical Inquirer, Guerilla Wikipedian Susan Gerbic offers advice on how non-scientists and non-academics can get more involved in skeptic activism. And yes, it has a lot to do with Wikipedia: As you can imagine, there is so much work to be done. And yes, the idea of creating, rewriting, and maintaining all Wikipedia pages …

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Donald Trump is widely known for boasting. He brags about his intelligence, his physical and mental health, his wealth, and pretty much anything else he can think of or in some tangential way take credit for. But most of all, Trump loves to brag about how influential, adored, and popular he is. From his wildly …

May 8, 2019

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It is 2018 and yet many people (both women and men) don’t know that IUDs are not abortifacients, eating sugar doesn’t cause a yeast infection, and all vaginas are not one wet bathing suit away from full catastrophe. We are here for many reasons including our collective inability to talk frankly and openly about the …

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Dear Friend of CFI in California, Anti-Vaxxers have descended upon Sacramento, determined to stop a bill, SB-276, that protects public health by curtailing fraudulent medical exemptions from vaccine requirements. But what the anti-vaxxers lack in facts and evidence, they more than make up for with intimidation and fear tactics. Your voice is badly needed. In …

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New in the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum for 2019 is an 1876 broadside poster excerpting an Ingersoll speech. Almost six feet tall, it’s one of just two known to survive. And it’s proof that “A Vision of War,” perhaps the best-loved single passage in the Ingersoll repertoire, was recognized as special within days or …

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May 2, 2019

The Center for Inquiry carries out its mission through a wide variety of means: campaigns, publications, major events, legal action, lobbying efforts, community activities, workshops and trainings, educational programs, press outreach, social media, and more. All this activity is carried out through CFI-proper, as well as its divisions, programs, and branches across the country and …

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May 17, 2019

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) wholeheartedly applauded the passage of the Equality Act (H.R. 5) today in the House of Representatives by a vote of 236–172, heralding the measure as a necessary and long overdue bulwark against discrimination. Introduced in the House by David Cicilline, the Equality Act amends the Civil Rights Act to prohibit …

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May 14, 2019

The “Nones”—those who claim no religious affiliation—are now in a three-way tie with Catholics and evangelicals for the largest “belief” group in America, but you’d never know it by looking at election returns and exit polls. Not all Nones are nonbelievers, but they do share many common values and a refusal to submit to anyone’s …

 
May 2, 2019

President Trump’s newly announced “conscience rule” granting religious exemptions to taxpayer-funded health care workers and organizations was condemned by the Center for Inquiry today for putting religious privilege over the best interests of patients and green-lighting discrimination against marginalized communities. “When a patient visits a health care facility, the primary concern should be the welfare …