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).
It’s not that hard to understand where public schools have to draw the line with respect to religion. Teachers and administrators are not allowed to proselytize during school hours or anytime they’re wearing their “Teacher” or “Coach” hats. They can, however, sponsor a Christian club after school (assuming the school allows clubs for other faiths and no faith as well) and talk about faith in that capacity. Students can pray or read the Bible in school (provided that it’s not… Read more
Cate Laskovics, president of the Secular Alliance at the University of Pittsburgh, says her group is all ready for International Blasphemy Rights Day today. They’re even having a Blasphemous Bake Sale on campus… with cupcakes: Cate, I want all of those. I’ll pay you all $98324923423 of my Internet money. Read more
On October 8th, Pastor Mark Driscoll (founder of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington) will be speaking at the LoveLife Conference in Athens, Georgia. This is the same Driscoll whose ignorance about feminism and homosexuality is evident with just about everything he says… If you’re not familiar with him, here are just a few choice quotations (courtesy of Stephen Joiner of the UGAtheists): “I like Catholics and Orthodox people. I believe that they are part of a Christian denomination or… Read more
David Kinnaman, the president of the Barna Group (a Christian-focused polling organization), just released his newest book, You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving Church and Rethinking Faith. So why are Christians — real, churchgoing Christians — leaving the faith later in life? No single reason dominated the break-up between church and young adults. Instead, a variety of reasons emerged. Overall, the research uncovered six significant themes why nearly three out of every five young Christians (59%) disconnect either… Read more
Why should you take part in (or at least acknowledge) International Blasphemy Rights Day tomorrow? The members of the University of Northern Iowa Freethinkers and Inquirers (UNIFI) made this awesome video with their answers: As the saying goes, blasphemy is a victimless crime. So take the time to appreciate your free speech rights on Friday. (via UNIFI) ***Update***: This is what they’re doing at the University of Illinois: Illini Secular Student Alliance members will be inviting passersby to add their… Read more