'Atheism, prayer in schools & politics and the merging of church & state' [David Silverman @ Media Mayhem]
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David Silverman is back to deliver revelations on how religion is worse than heroin addiction and on the downward spiral in America. Gay marriage, abortion rights, the tea party and the religious posturing of politicians is all discussed, as well as prayer in schools and the unveiling of the country's first public monument to Atheism in this interview with Media Mayhem.
David Silverman is President of American Atheists and was the Creator and Executive Producer of the Reason Rally. He attended Brandeis University, where he completed his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science while honing his debating skills with theists in numerous informal debates. Dave served as a professional inventor at Bell Labs for 8 years (74 issued patents) and a Marketing Director for Natural Microsystems.
He has been an atheist since he was 6-years-old. Dave became an activist in 1996 and soon became New Jersey State Director. He also founded the Alliance of Lucent and AT&T Atheists and Secularists, the first employee club of its kind. He was tapped to be the National Spokesperson in 2004, and then was named Vice President in 2008. The Board of Directors elected Dave as President in September of 2010.
David has appeared on most major news programs including The O'Reilly Factor (spawning the famous "WTF meme-face"), Scarborough Country, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, CNN's Paula Zahn NOW, Nick News, Hannity and Colmes, FOX and Friends, NPR's All Things Considered, and many more. David hosts the Atheist Viewpoint TV show with co-host Dennis Horvitz.
00:01 Coming up on Media Mayhem.
01:13 Welcoming David Silverman.
02:11 Meaning and numbers of atheism.
03:54 Political leaders and atheism.
05:10 Why are people turning to Atheism?
07:20 Can atheism coexist with religion?
10:07 Gay marriage and separation of church and state.
12:54 Why marriage is a failure of the state.
15:11 The most aggressive religious lobby and why the Tea Party is a religious group.
17:32 The Atheist monument in Florida.
21:15 The Ten Commandments get a failing grade.
22:08 Facing ignorance from religious protesters.
24:10 Atheists and abortion & choice.
26:17 50th anniversary of the separation of church in schools.
30:00 Bible clubs at public schools.
32:50 Teaching the bible as literature.
34:00 The warped comfort of religion.