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).
LifeWay Christian Resources, a Southern Baptist-owned chain, had been carrying a special edition of the Bible in their stores… but not anymore. Here’s Hope: The Breast Cancer Awareness Bible mixed testimonials from breast cancer survivors with passages from the Bible. So why is LifeWay no longer selling it? Because $1.00 from each purchase was going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to help find a cure for breast cancer. What…? That doesn’t make sense. Really, why is LifeWay no longer… Read more
Jerry Noble, the superintendent of the Green County Tech school district in Arkansas, must hate his job. He’s doing everything in his power to push his faith onto students, just hoping and waiting for someone to bring on a lawsuit: “Enough is enough,” said Jerry Noble, superintendent of the Green County Tech school district. “It’s His birthday. We celebrate Jesus’ birthday. One person should not be offended by that. We don’t leave it up all year. We’re not promoting religion…. Read more
The brilliant writer, speaker, and thinker died tonight at the age of 62 after a tough battle with esophageal cancer. His final piece for Vanity Fair is as powerful as anything else he’s written. If this is a surprise to anyone, it may be because we harbored some secret hope that he’d find a way to beat cancer into submission. Or somehow argue it out of his body. While I’ve seen him from a distance at a conference or two… Read more
Remember back in July when a consecrated communion wafer fell on a church’s floor, was placed in water, and turned red? A number of Catholics were acting like the Pope had knocked on their front door: they were way too excited about something that was bound to be anti-climactic. [St. Augustine Church Rev. John Echert] added: “I’ve never in my 24 years as a priest seen or been aware of a phenomenon where a consecrated host placed in water turns… Read more
All you have to do to win is promote Sean Faircloth’s Ten Point Vision of a Secular America: Make a video, create a graphic image, write a song, or try something else! The deadline for submissions to this contest is Thursday, January 19th, 2012. Contestants must be from North America. The two plane tickets for the winning submission will only be offered from North American locations to meet Richard Dawkins at the Reason Rally. (If you cannot make it to… Read more