President of the Secular Coalition for America speaking in Asheville Oct. 27

Here’s the press release from the WNC Humanists group:

Herb Silverman author of “Candidate without a Prayer” an autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt is coming to Asheville
October 27, 2012

WHO: Herb Silverman

— Herb Silverman is founder and president of the Secular Coalition for America, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of mathematics at the College of Charleston. He ran for governor of South Carolina in the 1990s to challenge a state law that required religious belief to hold public office. After an eight-year battle, he won a unanimous decision in the South Carolina Supreme Court, which struck down this religious test requirement.

WHAT: WNC Humanists will be hosting Herb Silverman as he 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.

Highsmith Union
Room 224

WHEN: Saturday, October 27, 7:00 pm

WHY: Herb Silverman will be appearing to promote the separation of Church and State.


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