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Center for Inquiry

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The Center for Inquiry or CFI is a nonprofit organization that defends secular and humanist values and scientific skepticism. CFI operates many branch locations located across the US and in different countries like Argentina, India, Canada, Poland, and Kenya. All of these locations relate to promoting CFI's core mission. CFI is also a non-governmental organization (NGO) at the United Nations with special consultative status under the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).[1]


The Center for Inquiry was established in 1991 by Paul Kurtz and was formed by melding two similar organizations, the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP) and Council for Secular Humanism, under one official umbrella organization.


  • An end to the influence that religion and pseudoscience have on public policy.
  • An end to the privileged position that religion and pseudoscience continue to enjoy in many societies.
  • An end to the stigma attached to being a nonbeliever, whether the nonbeliever describes her/himself as an atheist, agnostic, humanist, freethinker or skeptic.[2]

The Center for Inquiry's Office of Public Policy works in the US Congress as CFI's lobbying arm to ensure that secular and humanist values are fairly represented in our nation's policy and decision making space. Operates Secular Rescue which supports secular activists and bloggers in the Middle East and Bangladesh in their pursuit of safety from persecution. Operates TIES which provide educators with free online resources and workshops to help them teach evolution, natural selection, and diversity.

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