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The Center for Inquiry strives to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.
CFI leads the charge on promoting reason, science, critical thinking, and humanist values. We work to defend the rights of atheists and non-believers around the world and advocate for public policy that's rooted in evidence and objective truth.

The Latest Blogs


Rig it Like Jesus
January 18, 2019


Substitute Attorney General and probable moonlighting bouncer Matthew Whitaker says secular Americans have “changed their minds” about supporting religious freedom. Nnnnoooooo… Our own Jason Lemieux put out a response, saying, in part: Acting Attorney General Whitaker’s remarks are a classic case of projection – it’s the religious right who has warped the meaning of religious …

Sex, Evolution, And How The Patriarchy Gets It Wrong | Abby Hafer
January 18, 2019


Do you ever wonder about the history of evolution and sex? Abby Hafer guides you through some common misunderstandings about sex, including misconceptions about the gender binary. Using examples from the animal kingdom, Abby debunks ideas about what is “natural” or “unnatural” regarding both sex and gender roles and discusses the problems of a morality …

Secularism and the True Meaning of Religious Freedom
January 18, 2019


On January 16th we marked National Religious Freedom Day, a day when we see articles and TV talking heads from the religious right claiming that there is an attack on Christianity in this country, and using the opportunity to call for more state funding of their churches, and further special exemptions from the law for …

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News & Announcements


Statement on “Religious Freedom” Remarks by Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker
Office of Public Policy
January 17, 2019

Yesterday, acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker gave remarks to a Heritage Foundation audience in which he claimed that secular Americans have “changed their minds” about supporting religious freedom and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). RFRA, passed in 1993, prevents the government from substantially burdening an individual’s exercise of religion unless there is a …

Now Accepting Applications: CFI Internship Opportunities for Summer 2019
On Campus
January 17, 2019

Last summer, EJ Sorrell from the University of Texas at Austin and Kayla Bowen of Morehead State University joined the Outreach Department at CFI headquarters, gaining valuable organizing and event management experience. Now it’s your turn. We’re looking for two students to intern at CFI headquarters in Amherst, NY this summer. Stipend: $165/week Dates: May 22—August 11 (10 to …

TAKE ACTION: Act Now! Tell the Senate to Reject William Barr for Attorney General
January 14, 2019

Dear Friend of CFI, This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin hearings to consider the nomination of William Barr to the position of Attorney General. We need your help to prevent Barr from being confirmed. Barr has a history of extreme hostility toward the constitutional separation of church and state. It is clear that he would …

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Press Releases


Secular Groups Urge Senate to Oppose Christian Nationalist William Barr for Attorney General
January 14, 2019

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) urged the Senate Committee on the Judiciary to reject the nomination of William Barr for U.S. Attorney General, citing his demonstrated contempt for nonreligious Americans and for church-state separation. The Committee will hold hearings to consider Barr’s nomination on Tuesday, January 15. The Center for Inquiry, in collaboration with the …

Indiana Anti-Evolution Bill Would Indoctrinate Students in Creationism
January 14, 2019

Creationism would be taught in Indiana public schools, indoctrinating students with biblical literalism, if Senate Bill 373 becomes law. The Center for Inquiry (CFI)—which advocates for reason, science, and secularism—has promised to take all necessary legal measures to oppose the bill’s passage or implementation. Senate Bill 373 would permit Indiana public schools to teach “creation science” as …

Texas Secular Wedding Celebrants Challenge Religious Privilege in Solemnizing Marriages
November 6, 2018

In a lawsuit filed Monday with a U.S. District Court, the Center for Inquiry (CFI) is challenging Texas’s marriage law, which limits the authority to solemnize marriages to clergy and certain government officials. By granting this unconstitutional privilege to religion, the state is denying its nonreligious residents the opportunity to have their unions formalized by a …