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

Mandating coverage is not requiring use

It is up to the Church to persuade their faithful that Church doctrine is correct.

A non-believer’s guide to biblical economics

Jesus tells us to pay our fair share of taxes without grumbling, and that he favors class warfare. He is probably a socialist, and maybe even a communist.

Mitt Romney: A reasonable man?

The important question to ask all candidates is if and how their private faith would impact their stands on public policy.

Pro-choice and pro-life

Why I don’t appreciate pandering politicians who take simple positions with bible-based answers, while ignoring any evidence-based, opposing points of view.

Pluralism at Ground Zero

We need a return to America’s wonderful unifying motto “E pluribus unum,” adopted in 1782.

A Religious And Secular Studies Major

It’s not enough to teach students about world religions and ignore millions of people who find meaning in their life without appeals to supernatural forces.

Science Is Not Democratic

Given how the influential Religious Right opposes the teaching of evolution… we are becoming one nation undereducated.

Rest Is A Human Need

We don’t need religion to remind us how to rest.

Only Humans Can Solve Human Problems

Why do the religious insist on looking to the divine to solve human problems?

Militant Atheism Vs. Militant Christianity

What do atheists want? We want the same rights and privileges as everyone else in our secular country.

A Conservative Christian Engaged in a Christian War

Here’s what I don’t accept: the claim that Breivik is not a “true” Christian because of what he did.

Imagine Atheist Politicians

I wonder what would happen if we elected more secular politicians.

Creeping theocracy

Governor Rick Perry’s national prayer event actually teaches a valuable lesson about the dangers of becoming a theocracy.

One Secular Humanist’s Buddhist Practices

Does religion aid or hinder the spiritual journey? Can you practice Buddhism without becoming Buddhist?

Neither Catholic Nor Sharia Law

Neither Catholic Bishops nor any other religious leaders should have a right to dictate public policy for those outside their faith tradition.

The Messy Path to Gay Progress

Those who wish to make civil laws compatible with a so-called holy book might think about moving to one of the many theocratic countries.

Humor is in the Eye of the Beholder

How religious people react to humor is often far more damning to the religion than the humor

Banning Circumcision Won’t Change Reality for Children

The primary difference between adult drug use and circumcision on boys is that adults have more latitude with their own than with their children’s bodies.

Still Hoping for a Secular Miracle

A secular miracle for me would be a politician who claims, “God told me to run for office, but not to accept any financial contributions.”

My Complaint About Oprah

While I give Oprah a good grade for a religious leader, I give her a failing grade for a reality-based worldview.