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The Center for Inquiry strives to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.
To move forward, we need to discard old superstitions, prejudices, and magical thinking and embrace facts, evidence, and critical thinking. It’s about more than whether or not God exists. It’s about more than whether ghosts roam among us, aliens hover above us, or psychics can see within us.

The Latest Blogs


Kick the Laity into Shape
February 13, 2019


CFI leads a coalition of freethought groups urging House Natural Resources Committee chairman Rep. Raul Grijalva to once again take up the issue of making “so help me God” optional in witnesses’ oaths: Removing the requirement to recite this clause is a long-overdue step that would bring the committee in line with the overwhelming majority of …

Spontaneous Human Combustion? Coroner Solves London Mystery
February 15, 2019


Under the heading, “Man spontaneously combusts in streets of London,” Fate magazine in late 2018 resurrected the fiery bogeyman of spontaneous human combustion. That is a pseudoscientific term for an unexplained fire injury or death. I have since followed the case to its final resolution at a coroner’s inquest, and have here placed it in …

Tying up Creationism in the Classroom | Bertha Vazquez
February 15, 2019

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The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES) is a project of the Center for Inquiry. After decades of legal and legislative wins for evolution education, it is still difficult for many teachers to teach the unifying theme of biology without pushback from students and parents. As science standards across the country improve to include middle …

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News & Announcements


CFI Kenya Expands with New University Office
February 6, 2019

CFI Kenya is a truly extraordinary organization. Run by the indefatigable George Ongere in rural Nairobi, CFI Kenya operates the Humanist Orphans Center and the Ron Lindsay Library (named for CFI’s previous president), providing educational opportunities and refuge for children endangered by deeply held local superstitions about witchcraft. The good they do is immeasurable, and …

Point of Inquiry is back with new hosts and new episodes!
January 28, 2019

Point of Inquiry is the Center for Inquiry’s flagship podcast, where the brightest minds of our time engage in deep conversation about the big questions in science, religion, politics, and culture. Launched in 2005, when podcasts were still a new phenomenon, Point of Inquiry pioneered the medium with engaging, long-form conversation, featuring an incredible variety …

TAKE ACTION: Tell the New Congress to Uphold Church/State Separation in 2019!
January 24, 2019

Dear Friend of CFI, The 116th Congress is officially open for business. After an historic midterm election, new members of Congress have been sworn in, opened their offices on Capitol Hill, and have begun to assemble their legislative staffs. CFI will be working with our partner organizations to meet with every newly elected legislator in …

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Press Releases


Omitting “So Help Me God” is No “Mistake,” Atheist Orgs Tell House Committee
February 12, 2019

A coalition of secularist groups, led by the Center for Inquiry, is urging Rep. Raul Grijalva, chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, to continue with the committee’s plan to make the phrase “so help me God” optional for witnesses being sworn in for testimony, and not to back down to pressure from the religious …

Bladensburg Cross Excludes Non-Christian Veterans and Violates Constitution, CFI Tells Supreme Court
February 1, 2019

The Bladensburg war memorial is a blatant and obvious endorsement of Christianity, in violation of the Constitution and an affront to non-Christian military servicemembers, the Center for Inquiry told the U.S. Supreme Court in an amicus brief for the case of Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission v. American Humanist Association, submitted in partnership with allies in the …

New Mexico Naturopath Bill Risks Patients’ Health and Legitimizes Fake Medicine
January 31, 2019

A bill granting naturopaths the authority to practice primary care medicine risks the health of New Mexicans and legitimizes fake medicine, the Center for Inquiry (CFI) warned the New Mexico State Senate. The Naturopathic Doctors’ Practice Act (SB 135) would grant licensure to practitioners of pseudoscientific treatments despite the lack of evidence for their effectiveness …