THE president of American Atheists reportedly wants his fellow non-believers to link up with Satanists, Scientologists, Muslims, Jews and Hindus to fight a US Supreme Court decision this week to allow sectarian prayers at public meetings.
In a move clearly aimed specifically at Christian prayers, David Silverman – who famously once described all religion as “poison” – called on minority religious groups to join with atheists against the Supreme Court ruling.
Speaking to a group of nonbelievers at Stanford University. Silverman said: “That’s what we have to do, not only organize the atheists, but the Satanists, the Scientologists,” . In a conversation before his talk, he added Muslims, Jews and Hindus. “We as atheists have the responsibility to urge them and push them and get them in there to get their prayers” said at public meetings.
Silverman’s call obviously will puzzle and dismay some of his fellow non believers who want all theistic ritual practices removed from public discourse.
The American Atheists also announced this week the launch of Atheist TV, an internet channel that will run atheist content seven days a week, 24 hours a day, including atheist events, such as footage from past American Atheist conventions. Sounds thrilling.