This Week's GodDiscussion Show: Atheists in Politics, Bullies and the KKK
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In this week’s God Discussion show, we’ll be taking a look at religious discrimination and extremism and how it manifests in politics and bullying. We are honored to feature three very talented and well-known guests this Thursday, June 14, 2012.
Herb Silverman: A Candidate Without a Prayer.
Herb Silverman was transformed from mild-mannered math professor to political activist while teaching at the College of Charleston after learning that the South Carolina Constitution prohibited atheists from holding public office. Herb’s new book is “Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt.” In it, he describes his journey from Orthodox Jew in Philadelphia, where he was raised, to apathetic atheist, to accidental activist atheist when he moved to South Carolina. Will Moredock of the Charleston City Paper wrote,
Silverman single-handedly puts a lie to the popular slander that all atheists are angry, immoral, and pessimistic. He is one of the funniest, most ebullient people I know. His many friends will testify that he has led a courageous and exemplary life as a defender of the powerless and dispossessed and a professor of mathematics at the College of Charleston.
Herb founded the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry in South Carolina, the Atheist-Humanist Alliance student group at his college, and is founder and president of the Secular Coalition for America. Herb is also a board member of the American Humanist Association.
Herb has appeared in a number of debates, including one at the Oxford Union in Oxford, England on the topic: Does American Religion Undermine American Values?
His book, Candidate Without a Prayer, is available in hardback, ebook, or audiobook.
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Al Stefanelli: The KKK Went Down to Georgia.
Al Stefenelli is a talented and prolific writer and journalist, whose works can be read on Freethought Blogs and other online publications. He recently published "Free Thoughts – A Collection Of Essays By An American Atheist." Al is also the Georgia State Director of American Atheists.
On Tuesday, The International Keystone Knights of the KKK in Union County, Georgia, was denied its application to participate in the Adopt A Highway program. It is expected that the KKK will appeal the Transportation Department’s decision.
Transformed from a Baptist preacher to one of Georgia’s most prominent atheists, Al will share his insight on this developing story.
Jen Hancock: The Bully Vaccine … from a Humanist Perspective.
Bullying is a big social issue, and it is estimated that 70 percent of kids are bullied at school at some point.
Jen Hancock is a writer, speaker and Humanist. Her books include "The Humanist Approach to Happiness: Practical Wisdom" and "Jennifer Hancock’s Handy Humanism Handbook." More recently, she has published "The Bully Vaccine: How to Inoculate Yourself Against Obnoxious People."
Jen blends her humor and practical wisdom in The Bully Vaccine, where we’ll learn everything from how to “embrace our inner dorks” and how to deal with bullies.
Jen believes that Humanism can help us all to become better human beings. She is ne of the few people in America who was actually raised according to Humanist principle, giving a distinctive approach to the promotion of Humanism. This has led people like bio-ethicist and author Torben Riise, Ph.D. to claim that she is "one of the finest minds in Humanism” today. Learn more about Jen's work and subscribe to her newsletter at Jen-Hancock.com.
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