Free Inquiry
Editor-in-Chief Paul Kurtz
Categories Secularism
Frequency Quarterly
Circulation 35,000[1]
(within the U.S.)
Publisher Council for Secular Humanism
First issue 1980
Country Template:Flag
Language English
ISSN 0272-0701

Free Inquiry is a bi-monthly journal of secular humanist opinion and commentary published by the Council for Secular Humanism, which is part of the Center for Inquiry. Philosopher Paul Kurtz is the editor-in-chief and Thomas W. Flynn the editor. Feature articles cover a wide range of topics from a freethinking perspective. Common themes are separation of church and state, science and religion, dissemination of freethought, and applied philosophy. Regular contributors include well-known scholars in the field of science and philosophy.


In 2006, the magazine's published a story about the four cartoons that originally appeared in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, which sparked violent worldwide Muslim protests. Kurtz, editor-in-chief of Free Inquiry said, "What is at stake is the precious right of freedom of expression". In 2006, Borders Group refused to carry the April-May issue of Free Inquiry in their Borders and Waldenbooks stores because of the cartoons. The reason given by Borders for their decision was not sensitivity to religion but fear of violence.[2]

The story made national and international news and the implications of this self censorship was widely discussed by CBS News, the Washington Post [3] and the New York Times.[4] The "blogosphere" widely condemned the decision of Borders to ban the magazine [5] and columnist Christopher Hitchens lamented the action in an article.[6] News of the affair spread as widely as The Times of India.[7]


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