Hemant Mehta is the founder and editor of FriendlyAtheist.com, a YouTube creator, and podcast co-host. He is a former National Board Certified math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He has appeared on CNN and FOX News and served on the board of directors for Foundation Beyond Belief and the Secular Student Alliance. He has written multiple books, including I Sold My Soul on eBay and The Young Atheist's Survival Guide. He also edited the book Queer Disbelief.
Some wise words from (relatively) new mother Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the author of Infidel, in an interview in The Globe and Mail. When asked whether she will raise her son as an atheist: It’s very interesting that you ask that. My life before I had my child was abstract. Now, once you have the child, that’s no longer theory. You actually are now bringing up this tiny human being, innocent, helpless. And so you have to ask yourself, “Do I… Read more
Atheist Nexus is hosting one of the Reason Rally afterparties at the Bethesda North Marriott and Convention Center on Saturday night. It’s free and starts at 8:30p. There will be a debaptism ceremony at 8:00p for anyone who wants to partake in it, singer/songwriter Shelley Segal will perform starting at 9:00p, and there will also be some “mystery guests”… Hmm… who might they be? Brother Richard, who oversees the site, gave me permission to reveal one of the names to… Read more
Crocheting and politics should go together more often. A group called Government Free VJJ, started by my friend and knitter extraordinaire Donna Druchunas, is sending a message to the politicians voting against reproductive rights and preventing women from making their own health decisions: “Hands off my uterus! Here — have a knitted one of your own!” Yep, they’re sending knitted or crocheted uteri, cervixes, and vulvas to every male member of Congress. All the patterns are linked to on their… Read more
Several years ago, Greta Christina wrote a post about why atheists are angry that still resonates with a lot of people today. She has now fleshed out those thoughts and turned it into a wonderful new book, Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Thing That Piss Off the Godless: I read it a few weeks ago and wasn’t kidding or exaggerating when I offered this blurb: Greta has done something truly impressive with this book: She explains in a… Read more
When I get emails from crazy people, I delete them. When Dear Abby gets them, she reinforces their lunacy. Like yesterday, when someone wrote in to talk about her psychic powers: DEAR ABBY: I will graduate from college in June and be a social worker. I am psychic, although I dislike that word because it conjures up visions of crystal balls, quacks and scams. For legitimate psychic individuals, it can be overwhelming to live this way. I first noticed my… Read more