After a Muhammad Image Derailed His First Book, American Atheists’ Dave Silverman Gets a Second Chance February 11, 2015

After a Muhammad Image Derailed His First Book, American Atheists’ Dave Silverman Gets a Second Chance

In 2013, American Atheists President David Silverman announced that he would be writing a book called I, Atheist. But a few months later, that book was off the table. What happened? On Facebook, Silverman explained that there had been a disagreement with Pitchstone Publishing: “We parted ways amicable over a smiley face, labeled ‘Muhammad of Islam’, which I refused to remove.”

Well, a different version of that book is finally seeing the light of day. The newly-titled Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World (Thomas Dunne Books) is slated for a December release — just in time for Christmas.

You can pre-order it now. Hopefully, the book won’t be pulled before December! In case you’re wondering, it’s not an autobiography. Rather, it’s Silverman’s argument for why aggressive, “firebrand” atheism is more effective than the alternatives.

I asked Silverman whether the Muhammad image would be included in the new book. His answer? “Sort of.”

We’ll see what that means soon enough.

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