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

My Passover evolution

As an Orthodox Jew growing up in Philadelphia, Passover was my favorite holiday because children were an integral part of … Continued

Richard Dawkins goes to the Bible Belt

I had been trying to persuade bestselling author Richard Dawkins to give a talk in my hometown of Charleston, South … Continued

Why atheists should embrace America’s ‘godless’ Constition

Many atheists, myself included, are offended by what we view as unwarranted antagonism toward atheists. I’ve participated in a number … Continued

The real church scandal

I have faith that the pope reads my On Faith blogs because he followed my advice in a column in … Continued

Interfaith(less) dialogue

There are two types of people who sometimes object to participating in interfaith ceremonies: religious and irreligious. First the religious. … Continued

On Feb. 12, should Darwin get his day?

Michele Westmorland ILCP.COM Moon Jellies Schools of floating, pulsing mastigias and moon jellyfish. Trapped in this plankton-rich inland lake eons … Continued

The Boy Scouts America deserves

DAVID MANNING REUTERS Eagle Scout Zach Wahls, 20, of Iowa City, Ia., talks after delivering a 280,000 signature petition to … Continued

An atheist’s three favorite Bible stories

What do Christian fundamentalists and many atheists have in common? Both read the Bible as if it were meant to be taken literally. Here’s a better approach.

A United States for nonbelievers?

JEWEL SAMAD AFP/GETTY IMAGES US President Barack Obama takes the oath of office in front of First Lady Michelle Obama … Continued

Silverman Concedes U.S. Senate Race

  Courtesy of Herb Silverman Herb Silverman It is with a heavy (10.5-ounce) heart that I tell my millions of … Continued

War on Christmas: A holiday tradition for all

AFP/GETTY IMAGES A believer in the spirit of Christmas, Vikki Hill stands for hours a day holding a placard for … Continued

Perpetuating ignorance

We should all value the scientific method, which has led to countless human benefits, whether we believe in science or not.

The ‘stupid party’

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal recently urged his Republican Party to “stop being the stupid party.” In order to win elections, … Continued

Remembering Paul Kurtz

AP In a July 20, 2004 file photo, Paul Kurtz, chairman of the Center for Inquiry, responds to a question … Continued

Atheist sexual harassment: The god is in the details

CHRIS SEWARD CSEWARD@NEWSOBSERVER.COM Atheist billboard on Capital Blvd. in Raleigh, N.C. on March 29, 2011. I’ve attended countless atheist and … Continued

Does this candidate have a prayer?

“South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum,” observed Congressman James L. Petigru, … Continued

A National Day of Reason?

After a ‘Reason Rally’ is there a need for a National of Reason? View Photo Gallery: Atheists, nontheists, secularists and others … Continued

What atheist groups learned from the Christian Coalition

Clem Britt AP In this file photo, Rev. Pat Robertson, center, talks to attendees at a prayer breakfast at the … Continued

War On Thanksgiving?

There are lots of reasons for the season, some good and some bad.

‘In God we trust,’ when politically convenient

A Congressional resolution sends an inappropriate message that the religious views of certain Americans stand superior to others.