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).
In a new video for Big Think, Penn Jillette defends criticism of Islam while denouncing “Islamophobia” — or at least the fear of Muslims. Not only should we not worry about them, he says, we should be helping them, because they have it really rough right now. If we call ourselves defenders of the First Amendment (or, you know, just decent people), we should be fighting on behalf of the religiously downtrodden, not further oppressing them. Read more
Readers of this site know by now that an atheist tried to donate money to the Baptist-run Murrow Indian Children’s Home in Oklahoma, only to have them reject the cash — ranging from the initial $100 to the fundraised $24,000 (and counting). Now a Christian woman has started her own fundraiser for the Children’s Home… apparently to spite atheists for making such a big deal about this. Read more
The Center for Freethought Equality (the advocacy wing of the American Humanist Association) has released its scorecard for the 114th Congress, grading House members for how they voted on seven issues dealing with church/state separation. As expected, a majority of House members received failing grades, and no Republican earned higher than a “D.” Read more
In the most bizarre act I’ve ever seen from a charitable organization, the Murrow Indian Children’s Home has rejected more than $20,000 in donations because it was raised by atheists. Matt Wilbourn, the atheist who began the fundraiser, says the money will go to Camp Quest Oklahoma… except for $5,000, which he plans to get to those children in the Murrow home, even if he has to do it anonymously. Read more