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).
If there’s one thing we know about government invocations in light of the 2014 Greece v. Galloway Supreme Court decision, it’s that if there’s going to be an invocation at all, it must be open to people of all religious backgrounds, including people without religion. That applies to city councils, sure, but what about Congress? That’s the focus of a new lawsuit filed by Dan Barker, co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Read more
There aren’t too many issues involving religion where you’ll find Sam Harris, Reza Aslan, Maryam Namazie, and Richard Dawkins all on the same side of the aisle. But standing in support of the atheist bloggers in Bangladesh ought to unite everyone who values free speech and spirited debate. The Center for Inquiry organized dozens of writers and speakers to sign a letter urging the Bangladeshi government to stop blaming critics of religion for the violence that happens to them: Read more
In a remarkably ignorant piece for the Bangor Daily News, writer Heather Denkmire makes the unjustified claim that “New Atheists” are “just as dangerous as the religious extremists they rail against.” As if vocal atheists are the ones murdering people who hold different beliefs or pushing policies to force their views upon everyone else. And that’s just the problem with the headline. She falls into the fallacy of saying that two people with opposing views, both of whom are confident and vocal, must be equally wrong. Just look at the lazy way she compares the two groups, “new atheists” and fundamentalist Christians: Read more