David Silverman

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David Silverman took feminist Rebecca Watson off the speakers list for the Reason Rally after Richard Dawkins objected to her speaking at the event.[1] See: Elevatorgate

David Silverman served as the President of the American Atheists organization. [2] In 2018, Silverman was fired due to allegations of financial conflicts and sexual assault.[3] Silverman, through his lawyer, denies any wrong doing and indicates he has never had a non-consensual sexual encounter.[4] In his book, Fighting God, Silverman indicates that he is a “proud feminist.”[5] See also: Atheism and sexism and Atheism and the Me Too Movement

Concerning Silverman's scandals and subsequent firing, atheist and feminist PZ Myers said, "It's a terrible day for organized atheism."[6] Myers spent $1200 for a lifetime membership with American Atheists because he was impressed by the way Silverman went after the “anti-feminist” atheists.[7] See also: Decline of the atheist movement

Silverman is an atheist activist who advocates "firebrand atheism".

Silverman served as the New Jersey State Director of American Atheists and after four years of service he become National Spokesperson for the American Atheists Organization. [8] David Silverman holds degrees in Marketing and Computer Science.[9]

Personal life

See also: Prominent atheists whose wives believe in the existence of God

According to Silverman, he became an atheist at the age of six.[10] According to the MasterMedia Speakers Bureau website, Silverman is married to a religious Jewish woman and he has a daughter".[11] Silverman is an open marriage relationship with his wife.[12]

In an interview, Silverman told atheist David Smalley that he suffers from depression and that he doubts his self-worth.[13] After Silverman was terminated from his job at American Atheists, The Washington Post declared concerning Silverman, "Since then, he has lost his job, longtime friends, sleep and weight."[14]

Reason Rally related incident

See also: Feminist quotes about Richard Dawkins

An article by Sarah posted at Skepchick about a conversation between Richard Dawkins and David Silverman which took place during the planning phase of the Reason Rally:

Richard was standing behind the podium, and he asked Dave something along the lines of, “What exactly is the Reason Rally?” Dave started explaining it, and as he did, someone who was waiting in the line outside opened the door to peek inside and we could all hear a lot of noise. I rushed up the aisle and made frantic “shut the door” gestures at the people peeking inside, and they did. As I walked the ten feet back, I couldn’t hear everything Dave was saying, but I heard the name “Rebecca Watson.” Richard suddenly had a very angry look on his face and I heard him almost shout, “No, absolutely not! If she’s going to be there, I won’t be there. I don’t want her speaking.” and then Dave immediately replied, “You’re absolutely right, we’ll take her off the roster. It’s done.” Richard huffed for a moment, Dave continued to placate him, and then he made the video.

I was crushed.[15]

For more information, please see: Elevatorgate

Silverman intentionally exaggerating the number of atheists in the USA

David Silverman

In 2012, the organization PolitiFact Rhode Island accused David Silverman of wildly exaggerating the number of atheists in America by attempting to included the Unaffiliated (also called Nones) who made up about 15% of the United States population at the time (despite the fact that only 15 percent of "nones" identify as atheists) and by also attempting to lump agnostics with the atheist population.[16][17]

According to PolitiFact Rhode Island:

When the American Religious survey asked people what they thought of the existence of God, 2.3 percent said 'There is no such thing.'...When Pew asked a broader question -- "Do you believe in God or a universal spirit?" -- 5 percent said "No."[18]

The 2008 American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) found that only 0.7% of U.S. adults identified as atheist, but at the same time 2.3% said there is no such thing as a god.[19] The reluctance of Americans to self-identify as atheists is likely due to the American public's low opinion of atheists (See: Americans have a low opinion of atheists).

David Silverman is purposefully being deceptive, and he broke his promise to be accurate

The atheist Vlad Chituc wrote at the University of Southern California's Religious Dispatches:

This leads Silverman to make some wildly inaccurate claims. He argues that more than half of Jews and three-quarters of the rapidly growing religiously unaffiliated are atheists. But according to Pew, only 17% of Jews and 33% of the “nones” say they don’t believe in God. If you want to count the “don’t knows” or “others,” that gets to about 20% and 40%, respectively, at best.

These are not small discrepancies, and based on these falsely inflated statistics, Silverman makes startlingly inaccurate claims, like that there are 80 million atheists in the U.S., a full 26% of the country....To make things frustratingly worse, other atheists have been calling Silverman out for falsely inflating the number of atheists for more than four years. And last year, I specifically asked Silverman if he would stop reporting the stats on “nones” as being representative of atheism, and he told me he would. Yet here we are.[20]

Despite the many shortcomings of the book, David Silverman said of his book Fighting God: "...I am very proud of it as you can tell." (See: Atheism and arrogance).[21][22]

For more information, please see: American atheism

Controversial Billboard

The American Atheists organization sponsored an aggressive and controversial billboard and an interview with Fox News occurred as a result of the billboard VIDEO. As noted above, Silverman has a degree in marketing, but despite his degree in marketing, according to fellow atheist and evolutionist PZ Myers, Silverman was stuck defending a "badly designed, ugly" sign.[23]

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Notes

  1. My Time With Richard Dawkins (Or, Why You Should Never Meet Your Idols) by Sarah at Skepchick, September 5, 2013
  2. http://www.atheists.org/about/Board_of_Directors
  3. This Firebrand Atheist Was Just Fired After Allegations Of Financial Conflicts And Sexual Assault
  4. American Atheists President David Silverman Fired After Sexual Misconduct Allegations, Christian Post, 2018
  5. David Silverman was a “Proud Feminist”
  6. David Silverman fired from American Atheists by PZ Myers
  7. David Silverman was a “Proud Feminist”
  8. http://www.mastermediaspeakers.com/davidsilverman/index.html
  9. http://www.mastermediaspeakers.com/davidsilverman/index.html
  10. http://www.mastermediaspeakers.com/davidsilverman/index.html
  11. http://www.mastermediaspeakers.com/davidsilverman/index.html
  12. This Firebrand Atheist Was Just Fired After Allegations Of Financial Conflicts And Sexual Assault
  13. David Smalley On Social Justice In Atheism, go to the 1 hour 1 minutes and 18 second mark of the video]
  14. America’s leading atheist, accused of sexual misconduct, speaks out, Washington Post by Kimberly Winston, September 6, 2018
  15. My Time With Richard Dawkins (Or, Why You Should Never Meet Your Idols) by Sarah at Skepchick, September 5, 2013
  16. American Atheists President David Silverman says there are twice as many atheists in U.S. as Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists combined By C. Eugene Emery Jr. on Sunday, February 26th, 2012 at 12:01 a.m.
  17. Meet the 'Nones:' Spiritual but not religious
  18. American Atheists President David Silverman says there are twice as many atheists in U.S. as Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists combined By C. Eugene Emery Jr. on Sunday, February 26th, 2012 at 12:01 a.m.
  19. Barry A. Kosmin and Ariela Keysar, [1], March 2009, American Religious Identification Survey [ARIS 2008], Trinity College
  20. How Not To Defend Atheism by Vlad Chituc, University of Southern California's Religious Dispatches, 2015
  21. David Silverman : Fighting God
  22. How Not To Defend Atheism by Vlad Chituc, University of Southern California's Religious Dispatches, 2015
  23. http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2011/01/that_controversial_oreilly_int.php