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).
As the Cranston school district holds their meeting tonight tomorrow night, they would be wise to take JT Eberhard’s advice to heart: In summation, you have a job to do. It is not to rewrite America’s laws, it is not to pass judgment on Ms. Ahlquist, it is not even to listen to the mob on the basis of the volume of its uproar. Your job is to maximize the quality of the education of students in Cranston. If you… Read more
Here’s a wonderful way to spread a positive message around Valentine’s Day, courtesy of the Secular Student group and Gay-Straight Alliance at Collin College in Texas: That banner reads “Safe Sex is Great Sex.” [Our groups] got in contact with Planned Parenthood and other local health organizations, and distributed condoms, lube, and other safe sex literature the last two days. We accepted donations and got more than $100! One of the students said they gave out 1300 condoms (and many… Read more
In the week following the 2011 UK Census, the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science decided to commission their own poll (with their own questions) to find out just how religious people in Britain were. It turns out a lot less than even they imagined: More than 2,000 people were polled for Dawkins’ centre by respected pollster Ipsos Mori during census week last April. Just 54 per cent identified themselves as Christians, compared to 72 per cent in 2001…. Read more
The Backyard Skeptics and American Atheists have joined forces to put up this billboard in Westminster, California just in time for Valentines Day: It reads: “Atheists make better lovers. (After all, nobody is watching.)” “Atheists make better lovers because they have less guilt about sex, while people believing in religious superstitions attach a negative aspect to sex,” says Bruce Gleason, the Backyard Skeptics founder. “We do not think a supernatural deity is watching us — neither in life nor in… Read more
The Purity Bear is back. And this commercial is even worse than the first. First of all… no. Just no. That bear is weird and creepy and doesn’t make me take the message seriously. Also, “I feel like we really got to know each other” sounds like something you say on a first or second date. If that’s true, you DO NOT follow that up with “I love you.” RED FLAG! You don’t need a freaky bear to tell you… Read more