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).
Our Youtube friend Edward Tarte recently underwent surgery to remove cancer and I’m happy to report that it went successfully! It looks like the cancer is gone from his body. (In case there’s any confusion, the date he mentions in the video isn’t accurate): Feel free to leave some positive thoughts on his YouTube channel or video. Get well soon, Edward! You’re in our thoughts (but not our prayers). Read more
The American Cancer Society has responded to my post about Foundation Beyond Belief getting rejected as a Relay For Life National Team: We feel a need to address some of the comments posted on this Facebook page and a recent blog post related to the relationship between the American Cancer Society and Foundation Beyond Belief. We hope to clarify some misinformation and correct any misconceptions. The Society has not turned down the Foundation Beyond Belief’s generous donation offer and we… Read more
In Pennsylvania, the PA Nonbelievers have reserved space in front of the Pennsylvania State Capitol building in Harrisburg this Sunday to hold their own 10th Anniversary Remembrance of 9/11. Featured speakers include David Silverman, president of American Atheists, and Jason Torpy, president of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers. Silverman will address the actions of the passengers of Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, while Torpy will speak on the ethical dilemma of the wars resulting from 9/11…. Read more
The Australian TV show The Gruen Transfer include a segment called “The Pitch” during which advertising agencies compete to promote something radical (“Euthanize everyone over 80!”) and have a panel of experts judge their ads. Recently, one topic was so controversial that they had ad agencies declining the invite to appear on the show (and capitalize on the free publicity). The topic: “Banning religion is a good idea.” Two agencies gave it a shot, though, and here’s how it went… Read more
As Kelley Freeman showed us last month, the best way to make the Four Horsemen — Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Daniel Dennett — appealing to women is to turn them into ponies.* Now, Kelley (of the Pastafarians at USC) and Katie Hartman (of the Missouri State branch of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster) have teamed up to turn those ponies into something everyone can appreciate: Shot glasses! And they feature the lovable Four Horseponies! You… Read more