Herb Silverman

Herb Silverman is founder and President Emeritus 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.

Archive: Herb Silverman

Hearings will not make us safer

Perhaps he could hold hearings on whether hatred and stereotyping by pandering politicians who focus on guilt by association might be making the rest of us both more fearful and less safe--in other words, hold a hearing on King himself.

By  | Mar 11, 2011 4:45 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Belief vs. behavior

In many religions there are countless arguments for the existence of an afterlife, but absolutely no facts.

By Herb Silverman  | Mar 16, 2011 1:03 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

America at war in a third Muslim country

It’s heartbreaking to see countries living under dictators anywhere in the world, but I don’t think it is any American’s personal obligation to donate the life of a son or daughter to try and free people in other countries.

By Herb Silverman  | Mar 23, 2011 11:35 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

When it comes to values, no political party or politician has the right to define them for the rest of America.

By Herb Silverman  | Mar 30, 2011 11:37 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

After Koran burning, indefensible violence

Books can be replaced, but human lives can not.

By Herb Silverman  | Apr 6, 2011 11:08 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Religion’s outdated notions of gender

Claims that women are “separate but equal” invariably lead more to separation than equality.

By  | Apr 11, 2011 11:08 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

A godless Passover

Traditions are important, but sometimes need a transformation to become meaningful.

By Herb Silverman  | Apr 20, 2011 2:50 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Royal wedding an outdated tradition

Kings, queens, and princes aren’t what they used to be.

By Herb Silverman  | Apr 26, 2011 11:21 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

War is a last resort, not an Olympic sport

I don’t rejoice at Osama bin Laden’s death, but I’m relieved he is dead.

By Herb Silverman  | May 3, 2011 10:33 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

A godless apocalypse

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

By Herb Silverman  | May 11, 2011 2:58 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Yes, Mr. Hawking, evidence should determine belief

Scientists test their own and other theories and try to find facts that support or disprove them. Traditional religion, on the other hand, usually demands blind faith and reacts negatively to facts that conflict with doctrine.

By Herb Silverman  | May 17, 2011 8:35 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Oprah skeptics

I wish Oprah would tell her audience to be skeptical about taking the advice of untrained professionals—including herself.

By Herb Silverman  | May 25, 2011 12:00 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Still hoping for a secular miracle

If a candidate says God endorses his or her run, I will run in the other direction and vote for only those who take personal responsibility for their own decisions.

By Herb Silverman  | Jun 1, 2011 12:13 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Banning circumcision won’t change reality for children

Were there strong medical evidence that circumcision caused considerable harm to boys, I would favor a ban.

By Herb Silverman  | Jun 7, 2011 11:43 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Humor is in the eye of the beholder

But how religious people react to material they find objectionable often does more harm to the religion than the attempt at humor.

By Herb Silverman  | Jun 14, 2011 3:21 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

The messy path to gay progress

While I’m disappointed we are arguing about the legality of same-sex marriage, I’m also pleased, because this wasn’t even an issue a generation ago.

By Herb Silverman  | Jun 22, 2011 10:53 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Neither Catholic nor Sharia law

I want to keep my country secular and certainly wouldn’t want to live under any form of religious law.

By Herb Silverman  | Jun 29, 2011 1:47 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

One secular humanist’s Buddhist practices

Practicing parts of Buddhism certainly doesn’t make me a Buddhist.

By Herb Silverman  | Jul 6, 2011 10:46 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Creeping theocracy

As an atheist, I’m used to being denigrated or dismissed from public discourse by pandering politicians.

By Herb Silverman  | Jul 13, 2011 1:22 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Imagine atheist politicians

As an atheist, I just about always vote for political candidates who say they believe in God. Not because I’m impressed by their professed God beliefs, but because I have no other choice.

By Herb Silverman  | Jul 20, 2011 9:49 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

A conservative Christian engaged in a Christian war

The Bible and other holy books have passages encouraging the murder of infidels.

By Herb Silverman  | Jul 27, 2011 11:09 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Militant atheism, militant Christianity

Government displays of sectarian symbols can give the false impression that our government is allowed to favor one religion (usually Christianity) over another or religion in general over non-religion.

By  | Aug 3, 2011 10:13 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Human solutions for human problems

Our secular government must be governed by secular principles.

By Herb Silverman  | Aug 10, 2011 9:57 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Rest is a human need

At ten-years-old, while still an Orthodox Jew, I wondered why an all-powerful God had to take a day off each week to rest.

By Herb Silverman  | Aug 17, 2011 3:48 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Science is not democratic

However, science is not and should not become democratic. If 100 million people believe a wrong thing, it is still a wrong thing.

By Herb Silverman  | Aug 24, 2011 7:26 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

A religious and secular studies major

If students leave college with the same beliefs and perspectives they had when they entered, then they have mostly wasted four years and many dollars.

By Herb Silverman  | Aug 31, 2011 11:27 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

The case for pluralism at ground zero

We could have a remembrance ceremony that includes Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Pagans, Humanists, Atheists, and any other group that wishes to participate in unifying people of all faiths and none. In other words, E pluribus unum.

By Herb Silverman  | Sep 7, 2011 12:09 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Pro-choice and pro-life

I support a woman’s right to choose and I oppose capital punishment.

By Herb Silverman  | Sep 13, 2011 3:20 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Mitt Romney: A reasonable man?

The only thing atheists and Mormons have in common is that a significant number of Americans admit they wouldn’t vote for either.

By  | Sep 23, 2011 7:31 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

A non-believers guide to biblical economics

The one thing we should not do is make economic policy based on “God’s plan.” Nobody knows God’s plan. I don’t think God has an economic plan, because I don’t believe any gods exist.

By Herb Silverman  | Sep 28, 2011 8:34 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Mandating coverage is not requiring use

The law doesn’t require Catholics or anyone else to exercise all available options. No one is forced to commit the “sin” of taking a contraceptive.

By Herb Silverman  | Oct 6, 2011 1:58 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

‘In God we trust,’ when politically convenient

Such sectarian religious propaganda fails to unite us.

By Herb Silverman  | Nov 2, 2011 12:11 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

War on Thanksgiving?

President Obama gave a three-minute Thanksgiving Day speech without the word “God” in it and some religious conservatives are outraged.

By Herb Silverman  | Nov 28, 2011 3:20 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Finding reason in the season

Santa doesn’t ask us to worship him, he asks only that we “Be good for goodness’ sake,” an idea that makes a lot of sense and has appeared on several humanist billboards.

By  | Dec 21, 2011 2:08 PM  | COMMENTS (0)