@Sree Sure. I’d love to. Thanks so much for asking.
CFI Mission Statement
The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to defending science and critical thinking in examining religion. CFI’s vision is a world in which evidence, science, and compassion—rather than superstition, pseudoscience, or prejudice—guide public policy.
To make a better world, we need to use our heads and our hearts. To confront the challenges that face us as a planetary civilization, we need to use the tools of science and reason guided by compassion and respect for the dignity of every individual.
To move forward, we need to discard old superstitions, prejudices, and magical thinking and embrace facts, evidence, and critical thinking.
It’s about more than whether or not God exists. It’s about more than whether ghosts roam among us, aliens hover above us, or psychics can see within us.
The Center for Inquiry (CFI) strives to foster a society free of the dogmatic influence of religion and pseudoscience; a society inspired by the ideals of the Enlightenment, the wonders of science, and the limitless potential of human intelligence and creativity; a society in which beliefs are not granted the same rights as people, where the freedom of expression is enjoyed by all, and all ideas are open to the scrutiny of reason.
Let me ask: How do you expect to defend “science and critical thinking in examining religion?” Through ignorance of religion? Don’t allow discussion of religion or religious texts? Sweep it under the rug.
Let me tell you a story. There is a local hell fire and brimstone Christian preacher near where I live. The Jehovah’s Witnesses have long figured out that hell is a pagan myth adopted by apostate Christianity, and so one day some of them approached this preacher and told him about the real pagan origins of hell. That the Bible doesn’t teach it. To their surprise he says: “Oh, yes, I know that.” So they asked him “Well, do you teach it to frighten your congregation into attendance?” He laughed and said: “No. I teach it because if I didn’t I would be out of a job.”
Atheists tend to think that religion is devised to control others, but actually, religion is controlled by others.
So, Christians employ the pagan hell teaching because it makes them feel morally superior. Militant atheists, on the other hand, employ science to make them feel intellectually superior.
The militant atheists grab at an illusion of concrete answers to feel secure in a frightening world much the same as Christians grab at fantasy. Neither one of them are really particularly interested in the details. Knowledge of their respective paradigms. Christians pretend to be morally rigid while atheists pretend to be operating on arbitrary and temporal representations of an alleged enlightenment. The guise of logic and reason. Primarily through the theoretic metaphysical failed experimentation of evolution.
The supernatural is the unknown and abhorrent to the militant atheists. What, though, is science? The investigation of the unknown. Science can’t test the supernatural. Odd little anomaly, that. Giant squid and whales at one time were “supernatural.” Science needn’t investigate what is known. The militant atheist is ***********************. They only jump on the “science” bandwagon once a thing has been stamped with it’s approval. They don’t investigate anything.
The CFI and projects like it don’t want to hear about religion. Like an archaeologist digging in the dirt wants to know about primitive, superstitious cultures having once existed in the smoky ruins of time. Religion scares the hell out of them. Superstitious and xenophobic themselves. *******and bent upon the destruction of the very foundations of their own cultures.
The irony is that if God does exist - and I’m sure he does - then they will get exactly what they want. Just like the Christians who force fed and indoctrinated their own people with ********* theology. Myth and fables. Don’t forget that then anyone not schooled in astrology and theology was considered intellectually inferior.
Nor forget that most of the Christian dogma comes from Greek philosophers like Socrates and Plato. Like evolution comes from Greek philosophers like Empedocles, Aristotle, Anaximander and Anaxagoras.