Welcome to Our Website

Our Mission: The Center for Inquiry strives to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.

Our Vision: A world where people value evidence and critical thinking, where superstition and prejudice subside, and where science and compassion guide public policy.

Our Values: Integrity, Courage, Innovation, Empathy, Learning, Wonder

Center for Inquiry, headquartered in Amherst, NY, is the most extensive worldwide organization of freethought communities, specifically, secular humanists and skeptics, many of whom are atheists. CFI-Tampa Bay is the all-volunteer West Central Florida branch. CFI encompasses many organizations and programs that you should find attractive, inspirational, fun, and worthy of your support. Especially in these difficult times wherein freethinkers are threatened.

Since our 501(c)(3) incorporation in Florida, July 2002, we have been busily sponsoring local events, activism, socials, lectures and educational programs. Branches like ours draw upon volunteers and donors who are enthusiastic about our agenda and wish to advance freethought, either privately or publicly. .

Most branches, like ours, are 100% volunteer. We depend upon supporters' time, wisdom, and money to sustain our efforts. Individuals and families work together for mutual support and solidarity. The Center for Inquiry-Tampa Bay offers you an opportunity to put your principles into practice. Join other reasoning people in working for positive change in society. Please join our efforts in being a voice of reason. We truly need you, especially if you have been hesitant to "come out". Join us and find the exhilaration of liberation from superstition and humbuggery. The sense of freedom in being with like-minded friends is wonderful.

IMPORTANT: See the black, red, & blue "Help us" box to the right? Click it to help us continue. Memberships and donations are now separate: for any money to come to our branch (CFI Tampa Bay), a donor must dedicate the donation to our branch (Tampa Bay). There is no other way. Otherwise all donations and membership payments (which are separate) go entirely to Amherst. All memberships remain tax-deductible, and, yes, there is a monthly donation choice that enables many of us to share without a strain on our budgets.

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CFI provides an ethical alternative to religious and paranormal worldviews. Because of rising religiosity, anti-intellectualism and political turmoil on ethical issues, it is critical that rationalists and freethinkers join together to protect civil liberties, defend reason, and work toward increasing scientific literacy. Please join in with other freethinkers in the West Central Florida area so we can better serve and represent our local constituency, estimated at 4,000,000 like-minded people.

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A short video, well worth watching and sharing:
It's Time for Science & Reason!

Two of our (short) ad campaign videos:
Living Without Religion and African Americans for Humanism.

Visit our famed affiliate, Tampa Bay Skeptics.
Founded in 1988, Tampa Bay Skeptics is a nonprofit educational and scientific organization devoted to the critical examination of paranormal and fringe-science claims, and the dissemination of factual information about such claims. Programs encourage the use of critical thinking skills while discussing current events of importance to thoughtful people. We encourage those who wish to help further the cause of skepticism to join TBS! Note that Friends of the Center may receive their first year's TBS membership free.

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YES! Both CFI-Tampa Bay and Tampa Bay Skeptics are on Facebook, Twitter, and Meetup.
See our contact page. 

Featured News

Find a Secular Celebrant

Why a CFI Secular Celebrant Program?

Persons who are not affiliated with any religion constitute 16% of the US population.  Unfortunately, the choice of persons to conduct ceremonies for marriages, same sex commitments, memorials, and other rites of passage is usually between religious clergy and civil officials.

For a nonreligious person this can be a traumatic experience. … Full Entry »