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Edward Tabash


Edward Tabash is a constitutional lawyer in the Los Angeles area and chair of the board of directors of the Center for Inquiry. He is recognized for his legal expertise pertaining to the separation of church and state. He is also a well-known debater for atheism. He is the top financial supporter of Internet Infidels.

He graduated magna cum laude from UCLA in 1973. He graduated from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles in 1976 and was admitted to the California Bar that same year. He has chaired the National Legal Committee of Americans United for Separation of Church and State since 1995. He has been the most publicly-active man in the abortion rights movement in California since 1981. He has argued and won before the California Supreme Court. He sits as a part-time judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court system. Since 1990, he has been a member of the First Amendment Committee of the ACLU of Southern California. In 1999, he presented the New York Legislature with a comprehensive First Amendment argument as to why a proposed blasphemy law was unconstitutional.

In election year 2000, he finished second out of four in a primary for the California State Assembly. He was the only open atheist to be a major contender for a state legislative seat in the United States during that election cycle.

He has successfully represented Secular Humanism in public debates against three major Christian philosophers, Peter Van Inwagen, Greg Bahnsen, William Lane Craig, and Richard Swinburne. His articles and letters defending the atheist/skeptic point of view have been published by the Los Angeles Times. He currently chairs the Center for Inquiry West.

In addition to articles published here in the Secular Web Kiosk, several of his articles have been published in the Modern Documents section of the Secular Web Library.

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