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Matt Dean
Feb 16 2012
This Sunday: Herb Silverman: Candidate without a Prayer

The following e-mail announcement was sent by Matt Dean to the Monthly Meeting Reminders mailing list:


Our speaker for February is SHL’s founder and vice president, Herb Silverman. We'll meet on Sunday, February 19, 2012, 4:00 PM, in Gage Hall, located at 4 Archdale Street in downtown Charleston.

Herb is also founder and president of the Secular Coalition for America and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the College of Charleston. He ran for governor of South Carolina in the 1990s to challenge a state law that required religious belief to hold public office. After an eight-year battle, Herb won a unanimous decision in the South Carolina Supreme Court, which struck down this religious test requirement.

In his recently released autobiography, Candidate without a Prayer, Herb tells his iconoclastic life story. Equal parts Bertrand Russell, Woody Allen, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, he takes the reader from his childhood as an Orthodox Jew in Philadelphia, where he stopped fasting on Yom Kippur to test God’s existence, to his adult life in the heart of the Bible Belt, where he became a legendary figure within America’s secular activist community and remains one of its most beloved leaders.

The meeting runs until 5:30 pm, and we’ll go out to dinner afterward.


Wanna be a part of history?! Join us and thousands more at the Reason Rally in Washington, D.C., on March 24, 2012, for the largest secular event in recorded history. With secular luminaries and entertainers such as Richard Dawkins, James Randi, Tim Minchin, Lawrence Krauss, and PZ Myers, this will be something you don't want to miss - plus the rally is kid friendly.

Right now, through the Secular Student Alliance, bus tickets from Charleston are half price, only $55, for both students and non-students alike (see for more details). The good news is that the event, including travel, all take place over the weekend. In addition to being able to relax or catch up on your latest novel while being chauffeured to the rally, you'll be amongst a group of like minded friends.

In the interest of supporting our group as well as the rally, the SHL will hold a raffle for 4 individual bus tickets to the Reason Rally at the upcoming SHL group meeting on Sunday February 19, 2012. So come join us for a great talk and a chance to win! It's important to note that the bus is subject to providing transportation pending a met quota of reserved seats and is not connected in any way to the SHL; therefore, the SHL cannot guarantee transportation to raffle winners or paid travelers alike.

We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming meeting as well as the rally!


Matt Dean


Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry


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