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).
David Hayward, who draws all those fantastic cartoons about Christianity at nakedpastor, is offering his book nakedpastor 101 as a free PDF download for one day only! You definitely want to check that out. Realize that it’s also a very generous giveaway from someone who relies on sales of his work for part of his income. If you like his stuff, consider getting the print version. I have it and, as even David acknowledges, it’s a great conversation starter when… Read more
Richard Dawkins, promoting his new book The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True, appeared on The O’Reilly Factor a couple nights ago… If you haven’t seen the clip, here’s the spoiler: It went down exactly how you would have imagined it. As usual, Bill O’Reilly’s ignorance of science was in full bloom: Dawkins: How can it possibly help to postulate a divine intelligence to explain something complicated like [the origin of existence]? O’Reilly: Here’s how it can… Read more
Usually, when we hear about Christian views on sexual “purity,” modesty, abstinence, and relationships, it’s associated with women. But boys in Christian families are subject to it, too. That’s why you need to read this post by Kylar D. at Recovering Grace. Check out how his father talked to him about sex and how it affected him: … Dad wanted to know if I had ever had wrong thoughts about women. In truth, I had only just begun to find… Read more
Jerry Pittman Jr. and his boyfriend Dustin Lee recently visited Grace Fellowship Church in Fruitland, Tennessee — the church Pittman’s father leads — and they had greeters waiting for them: “I went over to take the keys out of the ignition and all the sudden I hear someone say ‘sick’em,” the younger Pittman explained. “My uncle and two other deacons came over to the car per my dad’s request. My uncle smash me in the door as the other deacon… Read more
Is arguing about religion a waste of time? Greta Christina doesn’t think so and she explained her reasons at the 2011 Secular Student Alliance conference: In short, there are plenty of reasons to do it, but you don’t want to waste your time on every single person who disagrees with you. There are good and bad ways to go about having that conversation. If there are any particular parts of Greta’s talk we should all see, please leave the timestamp… Read more