Why They Support CFI-LA
You'd think my favorite thing about CFI-Los Angeles would be the
book club with its insightful, wide-ranging conversations. Or
perhaps the frequent Feed Your Brain lectures with the latest
authors and news-makers, the Cafe Inquiry discussions where everyone
participates, the great alternative theater in the building, or the
numerous opportunities to get involved and volunteer.
Perhaps the best part is the Independent Investigations Group, where
I investigate and experience phenomena first hand. But no, my
favorite part of CFI is the people it attracts. Good people,
intelligent people, honest people: real friends who are there when
you need them. It is this about CFI that proves one need not
believe anything unsupported by evidence to enjoy all the best in
discovered CFI-LA advertised on the back cover of SKEPTICAL INQUIRER
magazine; I was excited to find a secular social and
educational outlet close to home. Many atheists have limited
opportunities to socialize. At CFI-LA I have found a network
of caring friends, an absorbing hobby in the Independent
Investigations Group (www.iigwest.org)
, and a fun place to volunteer.
About five years ago, I started to look around for an
intellectual and social locus that would be absorbing. I
began to search on my computer, where I came across something
called the Center for Inquiry. I went to a lecture, then I
heard that a book club was about to be formed and I signed up
immediately. Now I'm comfortable, still debating
political, legal, and constitutional issues as a participant in
yet another liberation struggle and volunteering such skills as
I possess. I got lucky at CFI.
Since I left religiosity for reason, CFI has become home.
People come to CFI for myriad reasons - some love science; some are
secularists; some are questioning paranormal modalities and
"alternative" practices, and some are ex-believers, like me, who
come because we've seen the worst that superstition has to offer and
now want to help others find an intellectually freeing and rewarding
life in a god-free world. CFI provides a community for people
who value honesty above hollow comfort, progress above groundless
tradition, and sincere inquiry above blind faith. CFI is my
community. CFI is my home.
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