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).
The bad news? People gave approximately $114.9 billion in donations to their churches, temples, etc. in 2014, according to a new report from the Giving USA Foundation. That’s a lot of tax-free money for those religious institutions. The good news? That’s significantly lower, as a percentage, than what people were giving to those same institutions a few decades ago. Read more
At the end of Real Time last night, after spending much of the episode warning viewers against the very real possibility of a Donald Trump presidency, Bill Maher spent a few minutes discussing the one silver lining about Trump’s candidacy: He finally exposed the rank hypocrisy of the Religious Right. A transcript of the video is in the post. Read more
It’s amazing how many religious conservatives have just thrown their self-proclaimed ethics and morals and principles out the window in their efforts to get Donald Trump elected. Here’s just a sampling of faith leaders defending the bully, bigot, and pussy-grabber who claims to be a Christian without ever asking God for forgiveness: Read more