Herb Silverman


Herb Silverman is founder and President of the Secular Coalition for America, author of “Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt,” and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the College of Charleston.

Stories by Herb Silverman

Hands that Help or Lips that Pray

Are social media tools a blessing or a curse for people of faith? Should we use digital technology to commune with the divine? Does God tweet?

Even Churches Need to Grow Up

Churches must realize that their support of human rights must also extend to homosexuals

My Wife and Her Husbands

What is marriage? Is it a sacred rite or a civil right? What role, if any, should religious institutions, traditions or beliefs have in the legal act of marriage?

Male Problem or Millennial Problem?

Is it any surprise that holy books, written some 2000 years ago, contain many vile portions that reflect the misogynistic and patriarchal culture of the time?

Male Problem or Millennial Problem?

Using secular logic, not religious texts, to reach sound conclusions about women’s rights and other humanitarian issues.

The Constitution is Neither Black Nor White

No religion, gender or ethnicity disqualifies a person from becoming a Supreme Court justice, but how should a particular judge’s life experiences — including faith, gender or ethnicity — inform his or her judicial rulings?

Three Wrongs Don’t Make a Right

Mayor Bloomberg fights against the observance of religious holidays in public schools

My Sin When I Ran for Governor of South Carolina

Can morality exist without religious backing within the political sphere?

Fashion, Freedom and Coercion

Is the burqa welcome in America?

Institutional Apologies Fall Short

A reaction to the senate’s apology for 2 1/2 centuries of slavery

Laughter, the Best Islamic Medicine

Election-related turmoil in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Onward Secular Peacemakers

Thoughts and expectations concerning Obama’s “major speech to the Muslim world”

Neglect in the Name of Love

What should be done when parents rely on religion instead of medicine to heal sick children?

The Elephant in the Notre Dame Auditorium

How will the Notre Dame controversy change the abortion debate in America?

Changing an Unchanging Church

Should the Catholic priesthood be restricted to single, celibate men? Do clergy restrictions based on gender, marital status or sexual orientation make sense these days?

National Day of Non-Prayer?

Imagine this hypothetical companion headline: “President Obama will also sign a proclamation Friday recognizing National Day of Non-Prayer.”

Inaugural Prayerfest No Godsend

Secular Americans hope that Obama’s religious inauguration will not set the tone for his presidency

For Secular Americans, Lip Service Beats No Service

Secular Americans are deterred by candidates using religious right as a form of political force