Past Meetup

David Silverman - In Defense of Firebrand Atheism

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David Silverman is President of the American Atheists (, a non-profit organization founded in 1963. Now in its fourth decade, American Atheists is dedicated to working for the civil rights of atheists, promoting separation of state and church, and providing information about atheism.

Mr. Silverman 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 eight years (74 issued patents) and a Marketing Director for Natural microsystems.

Dave has been an atheist since he was six years old. He 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.

Mr. Silverman 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. Dave hosts the Atheist Viewpoint TV show with co-host Dennis Horvitz.

Refreshments: If your last name begins with the letters G-H, please consider bring a snack for the refreshments table. Suggested snack foods are cheese, crackers, fruit, granola bars, cookies, cake squares – anything that one can eat without need of a fork or spoon. The snack item should be for about 8-12 people, which is the average number of servings in a typical container/bag . As always, SHL will supply the paper goods and beverages.

As always, there will be the opportunity to go to dinner at a nearby restaurant after the meeting.

If you have an elementary-aged child who would like to take part in our new Humanist "Sunday School," please check out our event for Sunday Quest.

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