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).
Last week, the Kentucky-based Tri-State Freethinkers sent a letter to the Grant County Schools, asking them to put a stop to the numerous constitutional violations they had documented. We still haven’t seen a public response from the District just yet, but the atheist group’s leader, Jim Helton, has seen some disturbing messages flood his inbox. Read more
Joelle Silver, a science teacher in the Cheektowaga Central School District in New York, was accused several years ago of promoting Christianity in her classroom. The list of violations ran a mile long, yet Silver sued the District for violating her supposed religious freedom to proselytize. But after losing her initial court battle, she just lost her appeal as well, effectively bringing an end to this case. Read more
In light of our ignorant next President and his homophobic Vice President — and all the signs pointing to a rollback of civil rights for marginalized groups — a group of non-religious “celebrants” say they will perform weddings for affected people for free until Donald Trump’s inauguration. Read more