The Free Inquiry Group, Inc. is a
non-profit organization founded in 1991. FIG is allied with the Council for Secular Humanism and an affiliate of the American
Humanist Association and American
Atheists. Our members are mostly secular humanists. However,
we welcome to our meetings anyone interested in learning about or
furthering our purpose.
is a Secular Humanism?
Secular Humanism is a
term which has come into use in the last thirty years
to describe a world view with the following elements
written by Fritz
Stevens, Edward Tabash, Tom Hill, Mary Ellen Sikes,
and Tom Flynn. more.(At
A conviction that
dogmas, ideologies and traditions, whether
religious, political or social, must be weighed
and tested by each individual and not simply
accepted on faith.
Commitment to the
use of critical reason, factual evidence, and
scientific methods of inquiry, rather than faith
and mysticism, in seeking solutions to human
problems and answers to important human questions.
A primary concern
with fulfillment, growth, and creativity for both
the individual and humankind in general.
A constant search
for objective truth, with understanding that new
knowledge and experience constantly alter our
imperfect perception of it.
A concern for this
life and a commitment to making it meaningful
through better understanding of ourselves, our
history, our intellectual and artistic
achievements, and the outlook of those who differ
A search for
viable individual, social and political principles
of ethical conduct, judging them on their ability
to enhance human well-being and individual
A conviction that
with reason, an open marketplace of ideas, good
will, and tolerance, progress can be made in
building a better world for ourselves and our
Statement of Purpose and Goals
FIG Statement of Purpose: To foster
a community of secular humanists dedicated to improving the human
condition through rational inquiry and creative thinking unfettered
by superstition, religion, or any form of dogma.
accordance with our purpose, we have established the
To provide a forum for
intelligent exchange of ideas for those seeking
fulfillment in an ethical secular life.
To develop through open
discussion the moral basis of a secular society
and encourage ethical practices within our own
membership and the community at large.
To inform the public regarding
secular alternatives to supernatural
interpretations of the human condition.
To support and defend the
principles of democracy, free speech, and
separation of church and state as expressed in the
Constitution of the United States and the Bill of