A journalist, screenwriter, and director, Matthew Chapman is the Co-founder and President of Science Debate, an organization seeking to get political candidates, particularly presidential candidates, to debate important science policy issues. The great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin, Chapman is the author of two books, Trials Of The Monkey - An Accidental Memoir and 40 Days and 40 Nights - Darwin, Intelligent Design, God, OxyContin, and Other Oddities on Trial in Pennsylvania. His most recent film, The Ledge, was accepted into competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and deals with the ultimately fatal feud between an atheist and an evangelical Christian.
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Matthew Chapman will argue for the motion the world would be better off without religion at the Nov. 15 Slate/Intelligence Squared U.S. debate in New York.
A real hero with real courage, Pat Tillman not only refutes forever the lie that there are no atheists in foxholes, but more than that provides an opening for a far more radical thought: atheism, in and of itself, is courageous, and faith, in and of itself, is cowardly.
If you've spent time meeting religious people in small-town America, it's easy to imagine what "outing" yourself as an atheist could mean in such a place. Atheists should learn from the gay rights movement that the first step toward acceptance is the one that takes you out of the closet.