CFI Leadership Conference: Students, Register Now!

The CFI Leadership Conference, taking place this summer July 30-August 2, is an event that brings together student and community activists from across North America for four days packed with leadership training, workshops, networking, educational presentations, and more!

This annual conference is administered by the Outreach Department and CFI On Campus with the goals of:

  • Inspiring and training grassroots leaders and activists;
  • Connecting them to the broader movement and each other, and;
  • Moving Freethought Forward—the theme of our conference this year.

International Blasphemy Rights Day is September 30, 2015!

International Blasphemy Rights Day, held each year on September 30, is a day to promote the rights to freedom of belief and expression and stand up in a show of solidarity for the liberty to challenge reigning religious beliefs without fear of murder, litigation, or reprisal.

The event is administered by the Center for Inquiry as part of its Campaign for Free Expression, and CFI On Campus has plenty of ideas for how you and your group can get involved!

CFI memberships are free for students

We're pleased to announce that CFI will continue to offer free student memberships. These memberships last for one year and come with the same benefits as a CFI Contributing Membership, including:

  • A personalized membership card
  • CFI’s new quarterly newsletter, Freethought In Action
  • Discounted rates at local events and national conferences

Take advantage of this opportunity and sign up today to become a member of your advocate for science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.

Become a CFI member today!

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Questions? Contact CFI Outreach at or 716-636-4869 ext. 406.

The Course of Reason

How to Keep Your Secular Group Alive through the Summer

July 2, 2015 Kristen Murdaugh

At the end of every school year the dreaded student group sustainability conversation comes into play. The group outlines their priorities for the summer, creates a conference schedule, sets goals for the coming year. And by the time summer ends, everything has come to fruition, just as planned.

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In Defense of New Atheism

June 30, 2015 Ned Borninski

On the morning of December 2nd, 2014, I woke up to find many of my activist friends sharing a recent article from Jacobin Magazine on social media. the piece, written by one Luke Savage, was titled New Atheism, Old Empire and featured the provocative subtext “The ‘New Atheists’ have gained traction because they give intellectual cover to Western imperialism.” As an atheist and leftist activist who is very strongly opposed to imperialism, not to mention one who has become increasingly disappointed in some of the public statements of New Atheist spokesman such as Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris, I decided to give the article a chance.


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We’re all in this together

June 25, 2015 Kyle Medin

This post was originally featured on the climate change blog Today's Apathy = Tomorrow's Agony.

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Most People’s Anti-Islam Anger Isn’t Helping Anyone

June 17, 2015 Peter Wood

Tensions between Islam and the West have been rising for some time, and it seems to be getting worse.

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Secular parent challenges school board on Christian presence in classroom

June 15, 2015 Amber Barnhill

Amber Barnhill recently addressed her local school board regarding the presence of religous-themed material and events in the public education system in her community. Amber has shared her experience with Course of Reason and recounts it below, along with her original letter to the school community and reactions to her stance through social media.

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