MASH President Brenda Germain and her husband Paul were honored to host Herb Silverman, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the College of Charleston, Founder of the Secular Coalition for America and founder of the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry in Charleston, SC., in their home last night. MASH members enjoyed a delightful presentation by Mr. Silverman about his two books; Candidate Wthout a Prayer and An Atheist Stranger in a Strange Religious Land. Humorous and insightful, Herb's talk was well
It was wonderful to meet Herb's lovely wife Sharon. The
Brenda, Herb and Sharon
intimate gathering allowed for all of us to talk one on one with Herb and his wife. Afterward, Herb kindly signed and notarized copies of his books for us. The refreshments were varied; a meat and cheese tray for sliders, multiple vegan salads, Michael's couscous salad, Julie's deviled eggs and a wide variety of cheese & crackers and drinks. Good food
and good times had by all.
Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the College of Charleston, Herb Silverman isFounder of the Secular Coalition for America
and founder of the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry in Charleston, SC.
His book, “Candidate
Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt”,
describes his challenge to the South Carolina Constitution and his Supreme
Court victory, nullifying the anti-atheist clause in the South Carolina
Constitution. He has appeared in numerous debates, some of which can be found
on YouTube. One of his notable appearances was in a debate at Oxford, England
debates on the topic “Does American Religion Undermine American Values?”
recently he received a Lifetime Achievement award from the American Humanist
Herb will speak about his book, "Candidate
Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt",
which describes his journey from Orthodox Judaism growing up in Philadelphia,
to apathetic atheist, to accidental activist atheist when he moved to South
Carolina. Herb describes his encounters with Billy Graham, Jimmy Carter, and
others when he ran for Governor of South Carolina. He will also discuss his
latest book, “An Atheist Stranger in a Strange Religious Land” which is
a compendium of some of his best writing for the Washington Post, HuffPost, The
Humanist, and other magazines and blogs.
Herb is an excellent and eloquent speaker with
a great sense of humor, and he is very popular at conferences and on the
lecture circuit! Come and meet the much-loved rock star of our atheist community—a man who has been fighting the good fight for
decades, and never hesitates to speak out on our behalf!
MASH Ft. Bragg President Brenda Germain and her husband Paul dropped off $450 worth of school supplies and $50 worth of office supplies to Ferguson-Easley Elementary School in Fayetteville, NC today. A big thank you to everyone who contributed!
Here's what we were able to donate to them:
12 Pencil Sharpeners 498 #2 pencils 312 Pencil erasers 76 Glue sticks 24 Bookbags 27 Clipboards 33 Dividers 5 Sharpies 12 High-lighters 24 Handwriting tablets 16 boxes of Lg Crayons 80 boxes of regular Crayons 25 Dry erase markers 88 pkgs of Loose leaf notebook paper 234 One subject notebooks 59 Black & White Composition Books
75 Pocket folders, 2 prong 28 One inch Binders
20 pairs of Scissors
Ziploc Bags: sandwich - 300 quart - 72 gallon - 120 10 Bottles of Hand Sanitizer 4 Clorox wipes 12 bottles of hand soap and 7 refills 44 sets of Colored pencils 41 ball point pens 1 Box of asst office supplies
We had a great time at this year's Dogwood Festival, surviving the unseasonably hot temperatures. The people running the check-in at the festival were wonderfully kind in finding us a shady spot rather than our assigned slot which would have been in the sun all day. I do think they prevented me from a trip to the hospital. So a great big thank you to them!
The crowds seemed larger this year than in past years. We were able to sign up eight new members, who we hope to see at this year's Memorial Day cookout at the end of the month.
We also experienced less rancor from passing religious folks, though as always, there were those who just couldn't help themselves and had to make comments. It was very encouraging to hear from those who thanked us for being there and appreciated our presence. We look forward to having a table at next year's festival and continuing our outreach!