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).
The 830 members of Foundation Beyond Belief raised over $30,000 for our ten beneficiaries in the Second Quarter of 2011. Incredible. It’s the most money we’ve ever raised in one period. I think the fact that the Challenge the Gap beneficiary received the least amount of the money, but still a significant amount (7% of total giving), shows that the CtG idea is working. People who don’t want to give to a religious organization doing purely secular work are choosing… Read more
How do you get someone to say two slanderous things in one sentence? Ask astronaut Col. Mike Good for a soundbyte: “They say there’s no atheists in foxholes, but there’s probably no atheists in rockets,” said Catholic astronaut Col. Mike Good, who believes his faith in God was solidified by the awe-inspiring views he saw from space The “atheists in foxholes” thing has been debunked repeatedly. To say that (and mean it) suggests willful ignorance or an inability to do… Read more
You know who you are. I’ll be speaking at a few upcoming conferences in case you’re interested/able to attend! The Amaz!ng Meeting 9 (Las Vegas, NV) July 14th – 17th (Expensive, sold-out) I’ll be live-blogging the conference on this site for those who can’t make it! (And you can always follow the #TAM9 hashtag on Twitter.) I’m certain nothing controversial will happen all weekend. … Secular Student Alliance conference (Columbus, OH) July 29th – 31th (Relatively inexpensive, not sold-out, come!)… Read more
Popular anti-gay Christian pastor Mark Driscoll is no stranger to controversy or saying crazy things (Avatar is a “demonic, Satanic film”), but he managed to piss off a lot of Christians yesterday with a question he asked on Facebook: So, what story do you have about the most effeminate anatomically male worship leader you’ve ever personally witnessed? Right… you know, those guys who aren’t macho or manly or What God Wants. I don’t know if this is supposed to be… Read more