These days, Herb Silverman is largely known as the president and founder of the Secular Coalition of America. Before he reached that point, however, he already had a storied past. From a young Jewish boy who took his teachers of Talmudic studies seriously when they told him to think and seek to a gubernatorial candidate in the South who simultaneously ran a campaign and a court case for the right to campaign, Silverman has led anything but a dull life.
In Silverman's recent book, Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt, he shares his interesting story with us. From the publisher's description:
In this deeply revealing and engaging autobiography, Herb Silverman tells his iconoclastic life story. He takes the reader from his childhood as an Orthodox Jew in Philadelphia, where he stopped fasting on Yom Kippur to test God's existence, to his adult life in the heart of the Bible Belt, where he became a legendary figure within America's secular activist community and remains one of its most beloved leaders. Never one to shy from controversy, Silverman relates many of his high-profile battles with the Religious Right, including his decision to run for governor of South Carolina to challenge the state's constitutional provision that prohibited atheists from holding public office. Candidate Without a Prayer offers an intimate portrait of a central player in today's increasingly heated culture wars. It will be sure to charm both believers and nonbelievers alike, and will lead all those who care about the separation of church and state to give thanks.
This Sunday, he will join us on air to share his story with all.
- Article: "Herb Silverman champions atheism with wit and warmth"
- Candidate Without a Prayer: Review and Interview with Author Herb Silverman
- Review: "South Carolina's Secular Crusader"
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