September 2012 Church & State | Featured

Sarah Silverman is a comedian who has been called “irreverent,” “fearless” and “hardcore.” Her career has been built by not shying away from controversial topics.

Silverman is known for diving right into issues of race, religion and sex whether it be on “Saturday Night Live” or her Comedy Central show “The Sarah Silverman Program.” She will be performing at a grand finale Voices United event in Los Angeles on Oct. 1.

Silverman recently spoke with Church & State about the importance of church-state separation.


 Q. How did you get involved with Voices United?

 A. My sister, Susan, is friends with singer/songwriter Catie Curtis and passed along an email from her about Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and I knew right away I wanted to be involved.

Q. Why is church-state separation important to you?

 A. It’s a part of what this country was built on. It wasn’t until the ’50s that “God” (the Christian God) was wedged into government, the Pledge of Allegiance, etc. This country was built by immigrants and founded by people who intended it as a place where everyone is welcome, and all religions and nationalities are accepted and respected.


 Q. What do you hope the Voices United concerts will accomplish?

A. Raise money for the cause and awareness to it. I hope it will put a fire in some dormant bellies.


 Q. What do you hope your concert in Los Angeles will accomplish?

 A. Great music – and comedy from Russell Brand and myself.


 Q. Anything else you want to add?

 A. It seems to me the people who disregard the separation of church and state are the sticklers that are always pointing to the Constitution (and the Bible for that matter) when and where it serves them. I want America back – the brave, progressive young country, unafraid of the unknown. Motivated by what is right and not reactionary and fear-based.

Does any of this make sense?  I need coffee....