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).
Well, you have to give Thunderf00t credit for trying to go into the lions’ den and talking to representatives from the Westboro Baptist Church. For all his efforts, he ends up with about 328423 looks of exasperation on his own face and very little wisdom passed across to the other side of the aisle. The woman in the middle is just full of happiness, joy, and rainbows. There’s more hope with the daughter. You get the feeling at times that… Read more
Gotta love Doonesbury: The comic actually raises a deeper question: Would you rather a science teacher bring up Creationism/ID in order to debunk it, or would you rather the teacher not mention the fake “controversy” in the first place? I understand the arguments for the latter. Why bother mentioning something that’s not science? Why limit ourselves to the Christian Creation myth only? Isn’t talking about Creationism somehow validating it? We wouldn’t teach students about “alternatives to gravity,” would we? There… Read more
On June 4th, Rev. Daniel “Cowboy” Stewart gave an interesting sermon…: With the help of a volunteer from the audience, Stewart, pastor of Cedar Cliff Baptist Church in Robbinsville, illustrated the pull of the devil, who prowls like a “roaring lion,” as described in the biblical Book of Peter. Stewart wrapped ropes of different colors and sizes around the volunteer until it was exceedingly difficult for him to move or walk. The sermon ended with Stewart placing a sack over… Read more
Wanna make a bundle? Just start a church like these characters did: The punchline can be found here. I know some of you have calculated how much money you gave your church back when you were religious, money that was later used for (among other things) proselytizing to strangers and brainwashing a lot of children. Feel free to share that amount in the comments if you remember it! (via Ape, Not Monkey) Read more
The 830 members of Foundation Beyond Belief raised over $30,000 for our ten beneficiaries in the Second Quarter of 2011. Incredible. It’s the most money we’ve ever raised in one period. I think the fact that the Challenge the Gap beneficiary received the least amount of the money, but still a significant amount (7% of total giving), shows that the CtG idea is working. People who don’t want to give to a religious organization doing purely secular work are choosing… Read more