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

Yes, Mr. Hawking, Evidence Should Determine Belief

Can God and science co-exist?



A godless apocalypse

According to modern astrophysics, the world will end when our sun runs out of hydrogen, its primary solar fuel.

War is a Last Resort, Not an Olympic Sport

Why I don’t rejoice at Osama bin Laden’s death.

Royal Wedding: An Outdated Tradition

When tradition becomes outdated.

A Godless Passover

What it means to celebrate a humanistic Passover.

Religion’s Outdated Notion of Gender

When it comes to gender and sexuality, religion has long been outdated.

After Koran Burning, Indefensible Violence

On book-burning and criticizing other religions.

Hypocritical Values

The problem of America’s political hypocrisy.

America at War in a Third Muslim Country

I don’t think it’s any American’s personal obligation to donate his or her life to try freeing people in other countries.

Belief Versus Behavior

What the afterlife tells us about religious motivations.

Hearings will not make us safer

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, will begin holding hearings Thursday on “the extent of … Continued

Opposite games by politicians

The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions, along with … Continued

Hate your neighbor, but don’t forget to say grace

Former Arkansas governor and 2012 presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee found himself in hot water this week after he called Islam … Continued

Consistent values for an inconsistent world

In light of the continuing political uprising throughout the Middle East, American leaders are reported to be recalculating their approach … Continued

The L-word

My personal tradition has been to avoid the L-word. This has little to do with my secular humanism, other than … Continued

We should judge their politics, not their religion

With former Utah governor Jon Huntsman and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney both believed to be gearing up for a … Continued

Take the nation back…where?

Mike Huckabee, the conservative former Arkansas governor, this weekend said that he is concerned about Islam’s role in Egypt’s future. … Continued

Separation of church and health

In Texas, a Catholic bishop made two hospitals cease doing tube-tying operations for women who are not going to have … Continued

Claiming the moral highground

n President Obama’s meetings with Chinese President Hu Jintao this week, should discussion of human rights and religious freedom be … Continued

Free speech trumps firearms

After Saturday’s tragic shooting in Tucson, some have pointed the finger at inflammatory political rhetoric. Many singled out Sarah Palin’s … Continued