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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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Going to Battle for a Gay Rat Wedding
May 21, 2019 ·

While y’all were paying attention to dragons and whatnot, we sued Walmart. That’s right! CFI has filed suit against Walmart for selling homeopathic snake oil as though it were real medicine, just like we’re doing with CVS: “Despite being among the richest corporations on Earth and the largest retailer in the United States, Walmart chooses …

Can Rationality Be Learned?
May 20, 2019 ·

Learning is conceptualized as a relatively permanent change in thinking or behavior. Innate (natural) skills are those you are born with; no experience is necessary to display these qualities. Innate skills vary tremendously among the animal kingdom, and much of human life is dependent on learning. High-level learners have an advantage in life. Learning is …

Trump’s Tricks: The Illusion of Popular Support
May 17, 2019 ·

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 …

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News & Announcements

TAKE ACTION: California Alert: Don’t Let Anti-Vax Bullies Win
May 14, 2019

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 …

Ingersoll 1876 Poster is Larger Than Life!
May 14, 2019

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 …

The Story of a Year of Incredible Progress
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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Press Releases

WALMART SUED FOR FRAUD: Nation’s Largest Retailer Deceives and Endangers Consumers with Homeopathic Fake Medicine
May 20, 2019

Walmart is committing wide-scale consumer fraud and endangering the health of its customers though its sale and marketing of homeopathic medicines, the Center for Inquiry alleges in a lawsuit filed in the District of Columbia on May 20. CFI, an organization advancing reason and science, says the mega-retailer is deceiving consumers by making no meaningful …

Equality Act Passage Heralded as Long Overdue Pushback against Religious License to Discriminate
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 …

How the Nones Can Become a Political Powerhouse, in the Latest “Free Inquiry”
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 …