Center for Inquiry Hosts Second Annual Civic Days at the Capital

For Immediate Release: July 14, 2009
Contact: Henry Huber, Assistant Director of Communications - (207) 358-9785

Washington, D.C. (July 13, 2009)—The Center for Inquiry’s call for members to

Walk the Halls on the Hill

in Washington, D.C. and exercise a citizen’s responsibility to
participate in their government has been met with enthusiasm from
around the country.

Participants will enjoy a full four days of events and citizen
lobbying from July 18 to 21. Activities begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the
Center for Inquiry, 621 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. For the full schedule,

click here

or visit

(under the

Civic Days

title on our Featured Events list).

Issues to be covered in legislative meetings include

The Credibility Project

(an analysis of purported climate experts who deny global warming); the

Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2009

(Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell); and the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

“It is important for our country’s leaders to know that a large
percentage of the population believe in the opportunities and
obligations citizenship in the United States demands to maintain our
democracy as our founding leaders established in the Constitution,”
said Paul Kurtz, founder of the Center for Inquiry.

Ronald A. Lindsay, president and CEO of the Center for Inquiry, said that CFI’s

Civic Days

presents a chance for those who wish to become involved to learn more about participating and lobbying at the national level.

“Citizen participation in the workings of our government is more
than just a right—it is the duty of those who would have their voices
heard for the continuous betterment of our country,” Lindsay said. “As
CFI continues to increase its presence and influence in the nation’s
capital through our Office of Public Policy, we are pleased to offer
our members an inside look at our efforts, gains, and ongoing battles.”

The Center for Inquiry Office of Public Policy asks U.S.
Congressional members to base law and policy on empirical evidence and
the scientific method where possible and to maintain the integrity of
the U.S. Constitution, with emphasis on separation of church and state.
For detailed information see

For more information:

Contact: Toni Van Pelt

Phone: (202) 546-2330

E-mail: tvanpelt [at] centerforinquiry [dot] net

The Center for Inquiry/Transnational, a nonprofit, educational,
advocacy, and scientific-research think tank based in Amherst, New
York, is also home to the Council for Secular Humanism, founded in
1980; and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (formerly CSICOP),
founded in 1976. The Center for Inquiry’s research and educational
projects focus on three broad areas: religion, ethics, and society;
paranormal and fringe-science claims; and sound public policy. The
Center’s Web site is


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The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization headquartered in Amherst, New York, with executive offices in Washington, D.C. It is also home to the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and the Council for Secular Humanism. The Center for Inquiry strives to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Visit CFI on the web at