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

Doing what comes naturally

“When Adam ate the apple in the Garden and learned how to multiply and replenish, the other animals learned the … Continued

Godless faith in social justice

Q:Fox News commentator Glenn Beck claims that faith-based calls for “social justice” are really ideological calls for “forced redistribution of … Continued

Equal treatment is not unfair

Q:A senior Vatican priest last week compared outrage at Pope Benedict’s handling of sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church … Continued

What did he know and when did he know it?

Q:Should Pope Benedict XVI be held responsible for the escalating scandals over clerical sexual abuse in Europe? Should he be … Continued

Heaven on Earth

Q:What is your vision of heaven? What images – from Scripture, tradition, culture or your personal experience – best describe … Continued

Honesty is the Best Policy from the Pulpit

Part three of the OnFaith Forum “Disbelief in the Pulpit.”

All taxpayers are created equal

Q:If a church or other religious organization receives government funding, should it follow all government rules, including those against discrimination … Continued

How to win friends and influence people

Q: Is there a problem with proselytism overseas by U.S. religious groups? Isn’t sharing one’s faith part of religious freedom? … Continued

Our Secular Coalition visit to the White House

Representatives from the Secular Coalition for America met with White House officials on February 26 to discuss issues of concern … Continued

Foreign policy + religion = recipe for disaster

Q: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is recommending that the U.S. government develop a strategy to make religion ‘integral’ … Continued

Sticks and stones

Q: Advocacy groups for people with intellectual disabilities are campaigning to end use of the word ‘retard’ or ‘retarded.’ What … Continued

Adam, Eve, AND Steve

Q: Top U.S. defense officials say they will repeal the decades-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which requires gay soldiers … Continued

One nation, under football

Q: The conservative Christian group Focus on the Family is sponsoring a pro-life ad, featuring football star Tim Tebow, during … Continued

Just a politician

Q: In the Weekly Standard, University of Virginia professor James. W. Ceaser argues that President Obama’s approval ratings are suffering, … Continued

Natural, not supernatural, disasters

Q: Many have criticized Pat Robertson’s suggestion that the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti was the work of the devil or … Continued

Bias against pomposity

Q: Is there widespread media bias against Christianity? Against evangelicals such as Brit Hume and Sarah Palin? Against public figures … Continued

Everybody’s a blasphemer

Q: Atheists are others are protesting a new law in Ireland, under which a person can be found guilty of … Continued

What’s God got to do with it?

Q: What was the most important religion story of 2009? The important story for me was the omni-absence of a … Continued

Welcome to Holy War Land

A prime is a number whose only divisors are 1 and itself. The complete history of even primes is very … Continued

Atheists in office: Déjà vu all over again

I’m reminded of my South Carolina experience when I hear that some folks in Asheville, North Carolina want to remove … Continued