Jeff Hawkins, the inventor of the PalmPilot and Treo, is the latest addition to the Secular Coalition for America Advisory Board.
“The separation of church and state, a cornerstone of our government, is one of the main reasons the United States has led the world in science, technology, and personal freedom,” said Hawkins. “The Secular Coalition for America is the leading organization working to maintain those freedoms and advocating for the rights of Secular Americans. I am happy to help them in this important task.”
“We are proud to welcome someone of Jeff Hawkins’ caliber to the Secular Coalition for America Advisory Board,” said Sean Faircloth, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America. “Jeff Hawkins has deep expertise in business and science, and has played a transformational role in the world of technology. Jeff is a visionary leader, both in Silicon Valley and in the field of neuroscience. His intellect, imagination and tremendous skill at strategic thinking are now poised to help return America to our secular roots.”
One reason I like this addition is because the current Advisory Board has a lot of “atheist luminaries.” We have famous authors and activists — people known quite well within our movement (and a few, outside of it). It’s fantastic they’re willing to lend their support to the SCA, but I don’t think anyone would be surprised to see their names on the list.
Hawkins stands out, though. While we often see the “Four Horsemen” together, it’s a bit of a shock to see a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. And that’s a good thing — Hawkins has the ear of a lot of the tech industry. I would think a lot of people in that world share our views on issues like church/state separation and support the rights of atheists — I’m sure many are atheists themselves — but they would never pay much attention to us.
With Hawkins on the Advisory Board, you can bet they’ll be paying attention to what we do.