David Silverman, President of the American Atheists, joins Media Mayhem to talk about the lack of separation of Church and State, Christianity trying to monopolize American society, and going into the lion's den of FOXNews.
David also illuminates us to the real reason that Bill O'Reilly famously called Christianity a "philosophy, not a religion," and why atheists have been let down by President Obama.
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.
02:03 Welcoming David Silverman to the show.
03:38 Why go on Sean Hannity and FOXNews?
10:59 What are you fighting for?
15:35 The big umbrella that constitutes Atheism.
18:26 Disorganized numbers that struggle for a political voice.
21:35 "Christianity is a philosophy not a religion."
23:40 What Atheism is for, and the Newtown tragedy.
30:50 Atheist response to tragedies and Obama's religious sympathy.
35:37 How do you keep from sounding like you are anti-religion?
39:15 The legal solution is not necessarily the best solution at the WTC.
42:34 The money behind the World Trade Center memorial.
44:20 Provocative billboards vs. raising awareness.
51:44 "Do you care if people think the way you think?"
54:32 "What is problematic about religion?"
59:03 Thanks and Goodbye!