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).
Just when you thought the story was finally over… David A. Bradley, the person who wrote the prayer banner (at the age of 12) at the center of Jessica Ahlquist’s successful lawsuit againt Cranston High School West, has a letter-to-the-editor appearing in today’s Hartford Courant. Turns out he’s not pleased with the fact that his banner has been torn down because a judge (and the Constitution) sided with Jessica. I read the article… about a fundraising campaign among atheists to… Read more
One of the problems with churches is that they get away with paying no taxes despite taking in buttloads of cash every week. With megachurches, it’s especially egregious. Before the economy tanked, many congregations bought new buildings to hosue them. They took out loans on the churches, confident they could pay the banks back. Now, with less money coming in each week, some of those churches are defaulting on their mortgage and banks dont want to refinance; they want the… Read more
Francis House, a non-profit group in Sacramento, does a lot of amazing work: Each morning, dozens of poor people line up at Francis House, located in Sacramento’s homeless services epicenter, for help with basic services such as housing and transportation. Now in its 42nd year, the organization is one of the largest homeless services agencies in the Sacramento region, serving upward of 25,000 people. It has an an annual budget of about $500,000. In addition to that, they help people… Read more
Congratulations to my dear friends at the Illinois Family Institute! They just made the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of anti-gay Hate Groups… again: Want an example of their wretched ideology? On the Day of Silence (a student-led initiative to raise awareness about the “silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying”), IFI wants parents to remove their kids from the classroom (emphasis theirs): Call your children’s middle and high schools and ask if students and/or teachers will be permitted to refuse to… Read more