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Center for Inquiry

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The Center for Inquiry or CFI is a nonprofit organization that promotes secular values and scientific skepticism. They also have many affiliated programs and organizations, all of which relate to promoting their core mission. The Center 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 group 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]

Affiliated programs[edit]

  • The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI)
  • Council for Secular Humanism
  • The Institution for the Secularization of Islamic Society (ISIS)
  • The Freethought Books Project - Disseminating freethought/atheist literature to prisoners[3]