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.
This is a guest post by Spencer Mulesky. Spencer is an undergraduate Philosophy major studying at Indiana University and a Co-Founder of the Atheist and Agnostic Club of North High School (Evansville, IN). A response follows his piece. … Stephen Fry, a supporter of the British Humanist Association and a public voice for atheism, said just last year: It would be impertinent and wrong of me to express any antagonism towards any individual who wishes to find salvation in whatever… Read more
Thomas Lawson recently published the book Letters from an Atheist Nation: Godless Voices of America in 1903. It transcribes articles that were written for the Blue Grass Blade, a freethought newspaper that’s over a century old, articles that answer the question, “Why are you an atheist?” Check out the trailer: It’s amazing that our great-grandparents were fighting the good fight over 100 years ago. (Well, not mine… because they were… you know… brown.) In some areas, we’ve made huge strides,… Read more
Remember the atheist billboard about slavery? Recently, one Catholic tried to look for a rebuttal showing that the Bible wasn’t really pro-slavery. Not having any luck, the person wrote to Mark Shea of the National Catholic Register for advice. Shea responded with the following… and it’s a doozy: I think that atheists like your friend really need to break free of fundamentalist magical thinking and learn to read books written by and for grownups. Wait, what?! We’re the ones guilty… Read more
Last week, the Atheist Agenda campus group at the University of Texas at San Antonio ran their now-annual “Smut for Smut” campaign, in which holy books could be exchanged for hard-core pornography. “The point is not to hand out porn, but rather the primary purpose is to get people to come talk to us so we can get our message out,” Kyle Bush, the group’s president, said. “We want to spread atheism and bring it more to the spotlight. We… Read more