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).
It’s one of the most common questions I receive on this site: What can I do to help? A lot of people want to be activists, but they don’t know where to start. What do you do if you don’t have a platform or political connections, but you are passionate about causes involving science, reason, and non-religion? Dan Arel has written a book answering that question. It’s called The Secular Activist: A How-to Manual for Protecting the Wall between Church and State. Read more
In Kerr County, Texas, the War on Christmas is already underway. Since a Nativity scene has been on the front lawn of the Kerrville County Courthouse every year since 1999, a local atheist recently made a simple request to put up a banner from the Freedom From Religion Foundation in the same space. His proposal was shot down unanimously by the Commissioners. Read more
At Hilliard Middle-Senior High School in Florida, there was a sign outside the building that had the words “In God We Trust” on it. We can argue over whether that should have been there at all, but the story here is that someone used black spray paint over those words, vandalizing the board: Read more