Candidate Without a Prayer in Providence Tonight

In 1990 Herb Silverman ran for governor and challenged a South Carolina law that prevented atheists from holding public office and won a Supreme Court victory, but not the election. He went on to become a prominent atheist and secular activist, and founded the Secular Coalition of America, “a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization whose purpose is to amplify the diverse and growing voice of the nontheistic community in the United States.”

Silverman will be at Books on the Square, 471 Angell St. in Providence at 7:00pm  this evening to talk about his run for governor and his subsequent adventures to promote his book, Candidate Without a Prayer. (Even though I linked the book title to Amazon I suggest showing up and supporting Books on the Square, a fantastic local bookstore). This event was planned in conjunction with the Humanists of Rhode Island.

Silverman is a larger than life personality and a gifted storyteller, so this is sure to be a great event of interest to anyone with an interest in politics and religion and where the two intersect.

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Steve Ahlquist is an award-winning journalist, writer, artist and founding member of the Humanists of Rhode Island, a non-profit group dedicated to reason, compassion, optimism, courage and action. The views expressed are his own and not necessarily those of any organization of which he is a member.

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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

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