Mar 8, 2018
You've seen him sparring with Bill O'Reilly about those blasphemous atheist billboards. You've seen Stephen Colbert refer to him endearingly as "Mr. Atheist Pants," which later became his Twitter handle. This week we speak to David Silverman, the outspoken, loud-and-proud president of American Atheists and author of "Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World." We discuss the upcoming American Atheists Convention featuring THE Hugh Laurie as keynote speaker, why he endorses an assertive and firebrand approach to his atheist activism, his organization success bringing atheists out of the closet with those famous "You Know It's a Myth" billboards, why criticizing Islam carries so much more baggage than criticizing the other monotheisms (it shouldn't), and a fascinating conversation about David's rejection of "Jewish atheism," based on his controversial but bold assertion that Judaism is just a religion — not an ethnicity, race, or culture. This is a discussion that will continue far beyond just this episode. Check it out.
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American Atheists website, with information about the 2018 AA Convention featuring Hugh Laurie: https://www.atheists.org/
David's famous segment on Bill O'Reilly ("Tide goes in, tide
goes out..."): https://youtu.be/wb3AFMe2OQY
Stephen Colbert clip about David Silverman: http://www.haydenplanetarium.org/tyson/watch/2011/01/06/the-colbert-report