Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. He is a former National Board Certified high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago, where he taught for seven years.
Hemant has appeared on CNN and FOX News (really). He has served on the board of directors for Foundation Beyond Belief (a charity organization targeting non-theistic donors) and the Secular Student Alliance (which creates and supports college atheist groups nationwide).
I love it when logically incoherent people are forced to answer for their inconsistencies. Want to make anti-abortion advocates squirm? Ask them what the punishment should be for women who have abortions. Because if abortion really is murder, it’s *really* hard to argue that murderers should be let off the hook. (Donald Trump learned that the hard way back in March.) Want to make Christian pastors squirm? Ask them if Anne Frank is in Hell right now. Because if you have to accept the divinity of Christ to get to Heaven, every dead Jewish person must be getting tortured as we speak. (Some of them will try to get out of admitting that by saying they hope Anne Frank converted before her death.) And now we know what to ask conservatives who argue that transgender people must use the bathroom corresponding to their biological sex: What bathroom should trans people use after they’ve transitioned? In other words, when a transgender man has a beard and mustache, should he be forced to go into a women’s bathroom (since that’s what his birth certificate would dictate)? The question gets even more awkward when a transitioned person is part of the interview. That tripped up the Family Research Council’s Travis Weber this week when MSNBC’s Chris Matthews asked him what bathroom guest Jennifer Finney Boylan should use: Read more
The Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs is practically the home base for evangelical Christians looking to proselytize in the military. It’s constantly in the news for leaders pushing their faith onto cadets. President Obama is scheduled to deliver the final commencement address of his administration there on June 2, so the Military Religious Freedom Foundation figured it was as good a time as any to make a point about the importance of church/state separation at the institution. To that end, they designed this billboard to alert Obama to the situation in the hopes that he could do something about it: Read more
Last night, during the Internet-only “Overtime” segment on Real Time, host Bill Maher and guest Michael Moore began talking about their documentaries. Maher, of course, made the anti-faith film Religulous, while Moore has made several films promoting his liberal views. Moore urged Maher to get back into the documentary game, but the host shrugged him off, saying he wasn’t interested in other documentaries because religion was the only topic he really cared about and he already made that movie. But it led to an amusing exchange in which the two of them discussed an idea they had obviously bounced around before: A film featuring four atheist stand-up comedians as they tour through the Bible Belt. Read more