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Atheist TV: Coming soon to a television near you

STANFORD, Calif. (RNS) Move over, Christian televangelists. Atheism is coming to television.

David Silverman, president of American Atheists, talks to audience members after announcing the formation of an atheist-only television channel at a talk at Stanford University. Religion News Service photo by Kimberly Winston

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Speaking at a gathering of local atheists, humanists, freethinkers and other nontheists in a chemistry lecture hall at Stanford University, David Silverman, president of American Atheists, a national advocacy group for nontheists, announced Tuesday (May 6)  that his New Jersey-based organization would launch the first television channel dedicated to atheism in July.

“Why are we going to television?” he asked the audience, a mix of about 100 students and people from the local community. “It’s part of our strategy of going where we are not.”

Silverman, 49, said the television channel, which will be available via Roku, an Internet streaming player that attaches to televisions like a cable box, will run atheist content seven days a week, 24 hours a day. He estimated it will reach 7 million households and will be free, at least initially.

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  • Grundune

    Atheism is a deficiency. Just as anemia is caused by a lack of iron in the diet or rickets by a lack of vitamin C. Atheism is a deficiency of knowledge and understanding that can only be remedied through study, testing (action), contemplation of revealed truths and humble prayer for wisdom.

    An atheist is too proud and considers himself above what is required to gain a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Just how long can this network attract an audience with this attitude and desire to remain in the dark? How long can you sell a deficiency to people who are ignorantly and willingly suffering from that deficiency?

    Without sustained infusions of cash from George Soros’ organizations, an atheist network will have a very short life.