The Office of Public Policy (OPP) is the Washington, D.C. political arm of the Center for Inquiry. Our mandate is to advocate for public policy based on reason, science, and secular values.

This includes lobbying at all levels of government — Congress, the Administration, and the United Nations — to promote and defend separation of church and state, the role of scientific evidence and secular ethics in policymaking, and basic civil and human rights. 

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Recent Blog Entries

Help Defend a Secular, Pluralistic U.S. Military

Michael De Dora — November 19, 2014

Tell your U.S. Representative to stand up for the true religious freedom of all members of the U.S. Armed Forces. 

Secularist Groups Urge Senate to Confirm David Saperstein to International Religious Freedom Post

Michael De Dora — November 10, 2014

In an effort led by the American Humanist Association and Center for Inquiry, 15 atheist, humanist, and secularist organizations have written leadership in the U.S. Senate urging them to expediently confirm Rabbi David Saperstein as Ambassador-at-Large for the Office of International Religious Freedom at the State Department. 

A Mix of Wins and Losses in the 2014 Midterm Elections

Michael De Dora — November 05, 2014

The Republican Party has won control of the United States Senate, giving Republicans control of both chambers of Congress next year. Yet, as important as this shift is, it is not the complete story on yesterday’s elections. In fact, you might be heartened to learn of some lesser-known results. To help fill you in, here's a brief summary of noteworthy results for the secular, skeptic, and humanist communities.