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.
There’s a Christian movie coming out soon based on Don Miller’s book Blue Like Jazz. The filmmakers want to portray it as “not a Christian movie,” but when you take a look at the clip below, you can tell that they’ve failed. During a debate between an atheist and a theist, the atheist character is basically a caricature, bringing together all those Christian stereotypes about us — we’re older, white, without any sense of compassion, only able to describe things… Read more
Last week, I took part in a panel discussion about religion. One of the other panelists was a (really sweet) Christian woman. When the moderator asked us how we arrived at our religious (or atheistic) views, I answered honestly: I started questioning my faith, and the more I explored it, the less I believed it. Eventually, I became an atheist. There was a little more to it, but that’s the gist of it. When it was the Christian’s turn, she… Read more
The Center for Inquiry on Campus members at Broward College in Florida are holding a fundraiser for their Light the Night team — they want to help atheists raise $1,000,000 to fight cancer. They got a pretty decent speaker, too: James Randi: Randi is giving a talk called “Faith Healers: Fake Healers.” The event is free (but donations are appreciated), and it takes place on Tuesday, April 17th at 7:00p in Bailey Hall. Come. Donate. Learn! (Thanks to Elizabeth for… Read more
This is one of the more powerful It Gets Better videos I’ve seen: As awesome and hopeful as it was to hear their words, their problems would decrease dramatically if they stopped buying into the Mormon Myth. Maybe after they graduate… (via Religion Dispatches — Thanks to Lauren for the link) Read more
Regarding that atheist sign that was stolen in Streator, IL: The Freedom From Religion Foundation is offering a $1,500 reward “for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s).” Both the theft of the banner and vandalism to its supporting posts are classified as misdemeanors. Because FFRF’s nonreligious message was targeted, the act also qualifies as a Class 4 felony under Illinois’ hate crime law… FFRF is working to place a new freethought banner as a replacement within… Read more