Office of Public Policy


The methods of the sciences are being challenged culturally in the United States today as never before. Despite the success of scientific naturalism in providing us with unparalleled benefits, religious fundamentalists and some postmodernists seek to inhibit free inquiry and to misrepresent the tested conclusions of scientific naturalism. This is a highly charged political issue — both science and secularism are under attack. While a number of organizations lobby and work to defend science politically, only one organization works to defend scientific naturalism in all important areas of human endeavor: the Center for Inquiry.

Because the Center for Inquiry is the only organization broadly advocating for science, reason, and secular values, with an agenda entirely built upon the success of scientific naturalism, we are well positioned to enter the public policy arena. We are the world’s foremost think tank of scientific naturalism and must address its defense where attacks have been most destructive and visible: U.S. law and public policy. We have been leading advocates in these areas, and have assembled a wide network of experts who can address the public-policy issues related to our agenda. We bring that network and expertise to the nation’s capital.

The Center for Inquiry’s Office of Public Policy serves as liaison to our nation’s government, to see that every available means is used to defend and promote science, reason, and secular values. We work with lawmakers to effect legislative responses to attacks on science and reason. We submit white papers, solicited from our network of fellows and scientists. We provide rapid response via public statements and action alerts directed at public policy. We bring experts to testify in legislative hearings. We also delve into upcoming legislation, undertake appropriate research on bills that relate to our agenda, and coordinate press, legal, and scholarly responses to legislation.

Our goals are to:

  • Inform our members about pending legislation and policy decisions;
  • Publish position papers to clarify our shared views on major issues;
  • Work with coalitions to lobby lawmakers and policy makers;
  • Identify sympathetic legislators and forge relationships with them;
  • Provide experts to give testimony in Congress;
  • Submit amicus briefs in relevant Supreme Court cases.

 

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CFI Advocacy Update — April 2018
Office of Public Policy
April 30, 2018

In April 2018, CFI’s public policy advocacy was mainly focused at the federal level: School Vouchers – When the National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE) alerted its member organizations that the arch-conservatives at Heritage Action for America were promoting legislation that would divert money from public schools in military communities to parents who shift their children to private …


CFI Advocacy Update — May 2017
Office of Public Policy
June 1, 2017

Welcome to the Office of Public Policy’s monthly Advocacy Update. The Office of Public Policy (OPP) is the Washington, D.C.-based advocacy arm of the Center for Inquiry (CFI). Our mandate is to advocate for reason, science, and humanist values at all levels of government — statehouses, Congress, the Administration, and the United Nations. This newsletter will update …


CFI Joins Petition Urging Denmark to Repeal Blasphemy Law
Office of Public Policy
May 15, 2017

A coalition of writers, publishers, academics, and human rights advocates today issued a petition urging the Danish Parliament to approve a bill (L 170) that would repeal the blasphemy ban in section 140 of the Danish criminal code, punishing “Any person who, in public, ridicules or insults the dogmas or worship of any lawfully existing …


Coalition to Congress: Protect Foreign Assistance for Women and Girls
Office of Public Policy
May 2, 2017

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) was amongst 124 organizations to issue a joint statement calling on Congress and other officials to support a robust U.S. foreign assistance budget in the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations process, specifically regarding women and girls around the world. In]]><![CDATA[our statement, we wrote: Each year when Congress budgets and appropriates federal …


CFI Advocacy Update — April 2017
Office of Public Policy
May 1, 2017

Welcome to the Office of Public Policy’s monthly Advocacy Update. The Office of Public Policy (OPP) is the Washington, D.C.-based advocacy arm of the Center for Inquiry (CFI). Our mandate is to advocate for reason, science, and humanist values at all levels of government — statehouses, Congress, the Administration, and the United Nations. This newsletter will update …


CFI Hosts Visit of UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief to Washington, D.C.
Office of Public Policy
April 7, 2017

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) hosted a visit from the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Ahmed Shaheed, to Washington, D.C. this week for meetings with civil society representatives and government officials. The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief is an independent expert appointed by the UN Human Rights Council for a maximum …


CFI Advocacy Update — March 2017
Office of Public Policy
March 31, 2017

Welcome to the Office of Public Policy’s monthly Advocacy Update. The Office of Public Policy (OPP) is the Washington, D.C.-based advocacy arm of the Center for Inquiry (CFI). Our mandate is to advocate for reason, science, and humanist values at all levels of government — statehouses, Congress, the Administration, and the United Nations. This newsletter will update …


Center for Inquiry Spotlights Freedom of Conscience at 34th Session of UN Human Rights Council
Office of Public Policy
March 28, 2017

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) focused on the right to freedom of conscience and engaged on a number of important resolutions at the 34th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, held February 27-March 24, 2017, in Geneva, Switzerland.  Over the course of the Council session, CFI’s main representative to the UN, Michael …


Take Action for Birth Control Coverage: Call HHS Secretary Price Today!
Office of Public Policy
March 13, 2017

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is joining reproductive health care organizations for a grassroots call-in day to new Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to voice support for no-cost birth control coverage — and we need your help!  CFI strongly supports the federal rule providing for no-cost birth control coverage in insurance policies. However, the recently confirmed …


CFI Joins Groups in Urging Trump, Congress to Preserve Church and Charity Nonpartisanship
Office of Public Policy
March 8, 2017

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) was amongst 86 religious and secular groups this week to urge President Donald Trump and members of Congress to preserve the Johnson Amendment and keep partisan politics out of 501(c)(3) organizations. The Johnson Amendment is a federal law that bars tax-exempt, non-profit organizations — including houses of worship and educational and advocacy …