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

I have a dream, too

In the wake of his weekend rally, Glenn Beck kept up the drumbeat of criticism about President Obama’s religion, calling … Continued

American religious freedom real and enviable

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, terrorism analyst Evan Kohlmann said that anti-Muslim rhetoric in America is bad news … Continued

Freedom to offend and be offended

President Obama, after saying that building a mosque at Ground Zero fit our “commitment to religious freedom,” backtracked, saying he … Continued

Follow your (reality-based) bliss

In the memoir Eat, Pray, Love, writer Elizabeth Gilbert gives up her entire way of life to spend a year … Continued

No two Christians are alike

Author Anne Rice said last week that she was ‘quitting Christianity:’ The once-lapsed Catholic wrote that she was could no … Continued

Interfaithless marriage works, especially for the secular

Chelsea Clinton, raised Methodist, and Marc Mezvinsky, Jewish, will wed this weekend. Statistics show that 37 percent of Americans have … Continued

Mosque is insensitive; so are pandering politicians

The New York City community board endorsed the Cordoba House, a community center and mosque planned for construction near Ground … Continued

A terrorist is a terrorist is a terrorist

What should we call terrorists, some of whom claim to be motivated by their religion? Can one be an Islamic … Continued

Faith in the light of science

Q: Are all religions the same? The Dalai Lama, who just celebrated his 75th birthday, often refers to the ‘oneness’ … Continued

Honor Tillman, not McChrystal

Q: In the wake of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal’s dismissal as chief commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, … Continued

Execution as entertainment

Q: Was the Utah attorney general wrong to use Twitter, or religious language, to describe an execution? With all our … Continued

Non-human animal rights and souls

Q: Expensive and time-consuming efforts are being made to rescue and rehabilitate animals threatened by the Gulf oil spill. Do … Continued

Political Christians

How many kinds of Christians are there? Here’s a partial list: Amish, Assembly of God, Baptist, Catholic, Christian Science, Evangelical, … Continued

Land for peace

Q: In a statement Monday, Vice President Biden said the U.S. is consulting with other nations “on new ways to … Continued

Protecting earth a moral duty

Q: The catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a widening environmental, economic and political crisis. Is it … Continued

To whom much is given, much is expected

Q: Illegal immigrants are flouting U.S. laws, but does affluent America (or Arizona for that matter) have a larger moral … Continued

Palin: a Pat Robertson feminist

Q: Can you be a feminist and oppose abortion in all circumstances? Can you be a person of faith and … Continued

A Kagan, not a Stevens

Q: If Elena Kagan is confirmed to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, the Supreme Court would for the first … Continued

In support of Draw Muhammad Day

Q: What is the obligation of a Western, democratic government to protect individual freedoms in light of a realistic terrorist … Continued

National Day of Reason

A secular country like the United States should not have a National Day of Prayer.