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 Channel (really). He has served on the board of directors for Foundation Beyond Belief (a charity organization targeting non-theistic donors) and was the chair of the board of the Secular Student Alliance (which creates and supports college atheist groups nationwide).
Can atheists celebrate Christmas? I think the holiday has become so secularized, anyway, that the name no longer suggests you have to accept Christ’s divinity to enjoy the traditions. That was the consensus, anyway, with the panel on a recent HuffPost Live segment I was a part of. As I said during the segment, for most people, Christmas is like playing Monopoly: We all have our own way of doing it and no one really cares what the rule book says. Read more
A lot of teenagers who just spent a semester at college may now be coming back home for the holidays without the religious label they had when they still lived at home. What should their parents do about it? August Brunsman of the Secular Student Alliance has some excellent advice for the ones who may not know how to deal with their newly non-religious kids. Read more