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).
Suppose you’re pregnant. Suppose it’s your second child. Suppose you tell a friend about it. It’s going to be a boy. You already have a girl. What’s the appropriate reaction from your friend? Perhaps, “Congratulations! You have one of each now!” Libby Anne comes from a Quiverfull family, though, and that reaction is far from normal in her world: The assumption, of course, is that I’m done. I can’t tell you how often I get this. People find out I’m… Read more
For decades now, Horace Turner (a.k.a. “Bible Man”) has been making appearances in Jackson County elementary schools in Alabama. When the Freedom From Religion Foundation received a complaint from a local parent, they sent the school district a letter informing them of the problem and asking that they put a stop to the in-school proselytizing. The FFRF complaint said that during the month of December an assembly held by “Bible Man” included a display with baby Jesus on it and… Read more
That’s the amount of money the Rhode Island ACLU has billed the Cranston School District for their court costs. And they’re being generous: In a release, Steve Brown, executive director of the RIACLU, said the amount includes major discounts for hours of work by volunteer attorneys Lynette Labinger and Thomas Bender. He also said the amount is mindful of the school district’s budget woes in recent years. “In terms of its complexity, the ACLU noted that the school district initially… Read more
Today’s edition of the New York Times includes an editorial that defends Jessica Ahlquist’s lawsuit: The anger and hatred directed at Ms. Ahlquist — she was called “an evil little thing” on talk radio by a Cranston state representative — helps explain why the judge, responding to her brave lawsuit, did his duty under the Constitution and ordered immediate removal of the prayer, which begins “Our Heavenly Father” and concludes “Amen” and was visible throughout the auditorium. … … Recent… Read more