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

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No Religion! No Anything!
August 7, 2020

CFI is leading a coalition of major secular-freethought organizations pushing Congress to keep the next round of pandemic relief funds from benefiting sectarian religious schools, and keeping the focus—and the funding—on public education. President Trump said Joe Biden will “Take away your guns, destroy your second amendment, no religion, no anything. Hurt the bible, hurt …

Conspiracy Theories and COVID-19 – Joseph Uscinski
July 31, 2020

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Using a wealth of recent survey data, Professor Joseph Uscinski demonstrates just how popular conspiracy theories about COVID-19 are, and why they are so dangerous to our health. Uscinski then looks at another set of dangers facing us today: those associated with misunderstanding the causes of conspiracy theories. Smashing down some of the most common …

Conversation with a “Very Funny Lady” – Leighann Lord
July 29, 2020

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The first ever CFI Insider event! Register here for more upcoming CFI Insider free webinars! Leighann Lord, the always funny host of Center for Inquiry’s Point of Inquiry podcast and the upcoming web series Skeptical Inquirer Presents, sat down with CFI’s outreach department to talk about her comedy, activism, and trajectory in the freethought movement. …

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News & Announcements

CFI Fights to Keep Religious Schools from Raking in Billions from Pandemic Relief
Office of Public Policy
August 6, 2020

If you’re a parent of school-age kids, you already know how hard the next few months are going to be.  Our public education system is facing unprecedented challenges as teachers, administrators, students, and parents prepare to reopen schools during a global pandemic. Public schools are already hurting for resources, but even at this time when …

TAKE ACTION: Stop Naturopath Licensing in New Jersey
August 3, 2020

Dear Friend, They’re not doctors. They’re not medically trained. They don’t adhere to medical science. But if they get their way, they’ll be given the authority to present themselves as “naturopathic doctors” to New Jerseyans. They’re naturopaths, and we need you to stop the state legislature from granting medical legitimacy to these practitioners of pseudoscience. …

TAKE ACTION: Don’t Let Churches Off the Hook in Pandemic Relief
July 29, 2020

Dear Friend, Every nonprofit organization in the United States, including the Center for Inquiry, is required to disclose their finances to the IRS…except churches. They’re exempt. In April, we alerted you that churches can have federal COVID relief loans forgiven—even for direct spending on religious instruction and programming. That means exactly what it sounds like: …

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Press Releases

Secular Groups to Congress: Reserve Relief Funds for Public Education, Not Religious Schools
Office of Public Policy
August 6, 2020

American public schools are facing unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, but opponents of public education, led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, seek to use the crisis to funnel taxpayer dollars to unaccountable private religious schools. A coalition of the country’s largest freethought organizations is urging Congress not to sacrifice public education for the benefit …

Pompeo’s ‘Unalienable Rights’ Report a Vehicle for Christian Nationalism, Says Center for Inquiry
Office of Public Policy
July 16, 2020

In announcing a draft report by his Commission on Unalienable Rights, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pushed the false narrative that “faith in god” is necessary for morality and human rights. The draft report doubles down on Pompeo’s previous ahistorical claims that the United States was built on an explicitly Christian foundation. “This deceitful claim erases the …

Witch Burnings in Nigeria Show Dangers of Superstition, Say Secular Advocates
July 13, 2020

The burning of accused witches is often seen as a relic of the distant past, but this horrific violence still occurs today in modern Africa. On May 19, 2020, at least fifteen people, most of them women, were set ablaze after being accused of witchcraft in Cross River State in southern Nigeria in an attack …