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).
Most pastors who want to con you just say Jesus spoke to them. Pentecostal televangelist Juanita Bynum II is taking the crazy a step further… she’s apparently “typing in tongues” now: The Christian Post thinks this is newsworthy for some reason but they offer a bit more elaboration. Bynum’s people aren’t responding to queries about what happened in the wall posts. It could be alcohol. Or maybe she fell asleep in short spurts. Or perhaps a cat ran across the… Read more
My former soul-owner Jim Henderson is developing a reality TV show called “Save Me!” It’s kind of like The Real World except all the people living in the house have different religious beliefs that they’re all very passionate about — and their goal is to convince everyone they’re right. We want true believers who will go to any length to spread their message, whether that’s saving people from hell, warning people about the end of the world or simply “saving”… Read more
Here’s a new song by atheist rapper Tombstone Da Deadman (some NSFW lyrics). Tombstone previous sang “Beyond Reason.” My favorite lines: Labeled an atheist but I don’t need a lexicon To find a word that signifies I don’t believe in leprechauns. I also like the Sam Harris interlude — If only they could get him to rap, he’d be like a white version of Lil Jon. I guess we’ll just have to settle for the autotuned versions of him for… Read more
Sean Faircloth, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America, has a book coming out in early 2012! It’s called Attack of the Theocrats! How the Religious Right Harms Us All — and What We Can Do About It. I’ve only seen the cover but I’m already excited — sorry for the blurry image but it’s the best one I could find: The foreword is written by Richard Dawkins and a preview of the content can be found at Pitchstone… Read more
Last month, I did an interview with Jamila Bey for The Voice of Russia radio in which we talked about how to get math students to think more critically and creatively in American public schools. (In other words, this has nothing to do with atheism.) If you’re interested, you can listen to the interview here. Good luck getting over your discomfort with the word “Maths” 🙂 I gave a similar talk at the 2011 Secular Student Alliance Conference last month… Read more