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.
Last year in Polk County, Florida, a Christian group performed “road-anointings” on several streets in an effort to cleanse the city. It was all part of a campaign called “Polk Under Prayer.” PUP stands for Polk Under Prayer. It’s objective is to place Holy Angels at all roads that lead into or out of Polk County. A strip of anointed oil has been placed over all lanes of highway at the county line and a prayer has been given at… Read more
Back in 2009, Bart Centre created a website called Eternal Earth-Bound Pets USA. The way the business worked was that if you were a Christian, and you got Raptured, Bart promised to take care of your pets. That is, if you paid him $110… We (atheists) already knew it was just Fundie Bait. No one was ever going to get Raptured, so Bart would never have to actually do anything. But the bigger story turned out to be how many… Read more
Catholic Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) is scheduled to appear in a videotaped message that will play during the Reason Rally. Since Harkin has promoted alternative medicine in the past, his “reason” credentials are in question, but it’s still a net plus that we have a high-ranking government official speaking at the event. With a week to go before the Rally, here’s an excerpt from Harkin’s video, courtesy of Roll Call: This is Sen. Tom Harkin, and I welcome all of… Read more
Well, that was quick. Last week, I mentioned that the Perth County Council (In Ontario, Canada) had removed saying the Lord’s Prayer from their agenda, replacing it with a “Moment of Reflection.” That upset Councillor Walter McKenzie who wanted the prayer reinstated. He said people were opposed to their removing it, so why try to fix something that wasn’t broken? That’s where all of you came in. You wrote to McKenzie and the other councillors. You called their offices. You… Read more