Culture and Expectations at CFI Events

Most CFI events are intended for humanists, atheists, agnostics, and skeptics who support CFI and CFI’s mission of fostering a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Membership is not required to attend most events.

An important value of CFI is “civil dialogue” – engaging in polite, respectful discussion and debate about ideas, while not attacking those who hold them.

CFI provides a secular community where atheists, agnostics, humanists, and skeptics have opportunities to engage with other like-minded people to learn, discuss, and enjoy life from a secular perspective — free of the promotion of religion, spirituality, pseudoscience, or anti-humanist values.

While our community is generally receptive to entertaining occasional questions and comments during events from people who hold religious or pseudo-scientific beliefs, it is typically not appropriate for a person to attend CFI events with the intention or purpose of promoting such beliefs. It would also be unwelcome at most events for a person to repeatedly and persistently make claims, comments, and questions that are antithetical to or critical of the mission, purpose, and activities of CFI.

It is CFI’s goal to ensure that members and attendees are physically safe, free from hostility and harassment, valued and respected, treated equally, and in a friendly, welcoming environment.

CFI recognizes that hostile and harassing behavior falls on a spectrum of severity and that unwelcome behavior can present itself publicly or privately, online or offline, and before, during, and after events. An ongoing pattern of socially inappropriate or disruptive behavior can also be considered harassment. A person who engages in hostile or harassing behavior, whether it is displayed publicly, to a small group, or one-on-one, may be asked to leave, to not attend future events or participate in other CFI activities.

These expectations apply to speakers, staff, volunteers, and attendees. They are implemented in accordance with Center for Inquiry’s Policy on Hostile Conduct/Harassment at Conferences and Events.

Persons who are the targets of, or witnesses to, any violations of these expectations or hostile/harassing conduct should contact CFI-Michigan staff in a timely fashion at

If the violation occurs before/during an event please speak to a CFI Staff person, Event Host, Advisory Board member or volunteer right away, so that the issue can be promptly addressed.