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).
Parent-Teacher conferences last night, today all day, and tonight. Weekly Speech Team/Forensics tournaments… and almost-daily practices. (But the kids are sooooo freaking talented.) Foundation Beyond Belief board meeting last weekend (Lots of amazing ideas came from it, though… can’t wait to share them all with you soon!) *cough cough hack snot asthma wheeze* Grandfather’s 90th (!!!) birthday party. One day, I will steal his genes. Weekly classes I’m taking as I work toward becoming a “Nationally Board Certified” teacher… a… Read more
Laura Beck gave birth to her first child Truman back in August… but he died just three days later. As hard as it was to cope with the loss, it didn’t help that so many of the people around her were using the phrase “angel baby,” or telling her he was in a “better place,” or that it was all part of “God’s plan.” As all of us who have dealt with the death of a loved one know it’s… Read more
Don’t have any big plans for the weekend? Live in Portland? Then the Portland Humanist Film Festival is where you’re going: The event is sponsored by the Center for Inquiry–Portland and it’ll feature film producer Roger Nygard, Skeptoid host Brian Dunning, and Free Inquiry editor Tom Flynn. A preview of the films is below: Monty Python and Jennifer Garner? Say no more. If I wasn’t 9342342 miles away, I’d be there in a heartbeat. Read more
The Baltimore Sun has a wonderful editorial in support of “humanist lay leaders in the military, a position Capt. Ryan Jean is trying to obtain: What’s certain, however, is that the military needs to be accepting of those who do not believe, and that apparently hasn’t always been the case at Fort Meade and other military bases. Chaplains and religious lay leaders have been accused of treating atheists either as moral pariahs unfit to wear the uniform or trying to… Read more
After the pathetic response atheists got to the White House petition to remove “Under God” from Pledge of Allegiance, you have to ask yourself, “Why even bother?” If you feel the same way, I’ve got a new petition for you: WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: Actually take these petitions seriously instead of just using them as an excuse to pretend you are listening Although the ability to submit petitions directly to the White House is a noble and welcome… Read more