September 28, 2010

Before You Support the Center for Inquiry

There are many excellent groups working to promote atheism, defend science, support skepticism, and the like. I have repeatedly encouraged my American readers to support groups such as Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Freedom From Religion Foundation because I have been tremendously impressed with their work and believe that it is vital for us to have better representation. But I also realize that the number of worthy groups means that most of us will have to be selective about who we support. It is for this reason that I'd like to bring something to your attention about a group you may want to avoid: The Center for Inquiry.

I have supported the Center for Inquiry (CFI) in the past, but this was before they decided to make a habit of atheist-bashing. I think CFI has done some good work and probably continues to do so. However, I can find little reason to support a group with such hostility toward atheists.