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).
Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the controversial founder of American Atheists, was murdered in 1995 along with her son Jon and her granddaughter Robin. Their remains were eventually found and buried — but there was no gravestone to mark the location. In fact, we still don’t know where their remains are. (Maybe it’s for the best, since there are many theists who would want to desecrate that site.) Last year, Joe Zamecki helped raise $500 to purchase a memorial brick for them… Read more
The downside: The downpour we had early in the day kept a lot of people away from Rock Beyond Belief. We had hoped for a crowd numbering in the thousands. The upside: Several hundred people stayed or arrived later and the entire event went off beautifully 🙂 Justin Griffith and his team put together a great event for military atheists and supporters in the area. The biggest draw, as usual, was Richard Dawkins. Here’s a portion of his speech: The… Read more
Remember that article by Christina Feist-Heilmeier about how there were no atheist nurses? You all tore that article to shreds rather easily…. Now, the same website has published a rebuttal by Air Force Captain Howard Grantham. This one actually gets it right: The second advantage of atheism has afforded me is that it places responsibility for the welfare of humanity in the hands of the only force capable of providing for that welfare: humanity itself. It is not coincidence that… Read more