Edward Milton "Ed" Buckner (born March 8, 1946) is an American atheist activist who served as president of the organization American Atheists from 2008 to 2010. He was succeeded in this post by David Silverman.
He served as executive director for the Council for Secular Humanism from 2001 to 2003 and was once the Council's southern director. As treasurer of the Atlanta Freethought Society, he led a protest at a 2007 rally organized by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to pray for rain. Buckner is currently a national board member and treasurer for American Atheists.
In Freedom We Trust: An Atheist Guide to Religious Liberty by Edward M. Buckner and his son, Michael E. Buckner, was published by Prometheus Books in late 2012.
Buckner was born in Fitzgerald, Georgia to an Episcopal clergyman father. He received his B.A. from Rice University in 1967 and his M. Ed. and Ph.D. (in educational leadership, 1983) from Georgia State University. He is married and has a son.
Buckner, in May 2013, discovered Bibles in a cabin in a Georgia State Park. He responded by having atheist literature donated to be available alongside the bibles.
Buckner has contributed to the following books:
- Quotations that Support the Separation of Church and State
- Buckner, Edward M. (2003). "Winning the Battle Royal". In Blaker, Kimberley. Fundamentals of Extremism: The Christian Right in America. New Boston Books. ISBN 9780972549608.
- Flynn, Tom, ed. (2007). The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief. Prometheus Books. ISBN 9781591023913. (several entries)
- "Brief biography of Ed Buckner". infidels.org. The Secular Web. Retrieved August 2, 2012.
- Sumerian, Enki. "Interview with Dr. Ed Buckner". tabee3i, a home for Metaphysical Naturalists. February 8, 2010.
- "President of American Atheists Announces Retirement". Friendly Atheist blog. patheos.com. June 30, 2010.
- "Ed Buckner, President of American Atheists. Debates at Mega Church Near Cincinnati, Ohio". Blasphemous Blogging. March 7, 2010. Press release, Atheists.org.
- "Ed Buckner's Address to the March 2003 meeting". Secular Humanist Bulletin 18 (4). December 4, 2003. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
- "Ed Buckner". Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
- "Georgians Pray for Rain". USA Today. November 14, 2007. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
- "Speaker Profile: Ed Buckner". Center for Inquiry. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
- "Atheist texts delivered to Georgia state park". August 14, 2013. Retrieved August 20, 2013.
- "Speakers". Setting the Agenda: Secular Humanism's Next 30 Years. secularhumanism.org. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
- Coyle, Stephen C. "Customer Review: Fundamentals of Extremism". Amazon.com. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
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