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).
We’re still awaiting the judge’s ruling on whether Cranston High School West gets to keep its Prayer Banner, but in the meantime, Jessica Ahlquist, the high-schooler who’s leading the charge to take it down, has been talking about the case in a few select venues. A few months ago, she was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Youth Activist Award by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A transcript of her speech is finally online: A lot of irrelevant stuff came up at… Read more
We gripe about church/state separation in America, but in Italy, a *lot* of taxpayer money goes toward funding the Catholic Church. The Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics (UAAR) is trying to raise the consciousness of other Italians on this matter. They’re putting up the following billboard in the cities of Genoa (today) and Venice (tomorrow): That roughly translates to: “With 6 billion Euro per year, Italy could work miracles.” “Some of the budget cuts proposed by the Italian government… Read more