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).
Elizabeth Tarrant is a Democrat running for the Texas House from District 97 against incumbent Republican Craig Goldman. This is a really red District — Goldman won 82% of the votes in 2014, albeit without a Democrat in the race — but he’s taking no chances this time around. In a letter sent out by his campaign, Goldman asks voters to support him because Tarrant is a “self-proclaimed atheist” who “does not have the values you want to represent you in Austin.” Read more
Usually, when someone either stops believing in God or suddenly finds God, it’s a personal decision that doesn’t affect scores of other people. But when you’re Teresa MacBain, the former pastor who publicly announced her atheism in 2012 but recently (and quietly) said she was a believer again, the ripples can be fairly large. Read more