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).
Ashley Paramore has a YouTube interview with Dylan Galos, the atheist whose billboard in Columbus, Ohio has been forced to move twice — it’s currently in its third location. I also had no idea there was a potential racial component to the issue before seeing this. There’s a lesson to be learned from whole controversy: Whenever you make a YouTube video, have your own billboard in the background. It makes you look badass. Read more
For months now, there’s been an attempt to get a couple atheist bus ads up in Kelowna, British Columbia. Back in May, they were stolen from the bus yard. The city admitted it had no idea what happened, but the Centre For Inquiry would have to foot the bill for replacements. Well, CFI ponied up the money and the ads are now back on two buses. They’ll be there for two more weeks. “Kelowna is the only place, as far… Read more
A few weeks ago, during the U.S. Open (golf) championship, NBC aired an introduction in which a slightly edited Pledge of Allegiance was said… As you can hear, the phrase “Under God, Indivisible” was omitted. Considering the word “indivisible” was also lost in the shuffle, it sounds to me like an honest mistake and not a deliberate attempt to get God out of the Pledge. The commentators apologized on the air later that afternoon, calling it “an editing mistake.” That’s… Read more
Now that civil unions are legal in Illinois, groups that receive public money cannot discriminate against gay couples. So when a few Catholic adoptions agencies were faced with the prospect of giving children to gay parents, they decided to shut down instead. In their view, only straight couples and single-people-who-are-not-cohabitating are worthy of being adoptive parents. In these Catholics’ eyes, having no parents is better for the children than having gay ones… (Thankfully, the secular, non-discriminatory Youth Service Bureau of… Read more
If you’re seeing this, then we’ve successfully migrated over! We’re still working on importing all the 200,000+ comments from the old site, so many of the comments from the previous week may be missing from their respective posts. The Friendly Atheist Forums will be up and running shortly! The official site URL is now http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ You can subscribe to the full RSS feed with this link (or keep using whatever you had before if it still works). Take a look… Read more