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.
Remember when the city council in South Bend, Indiana wanted to give $1,200,000 of taxpayer money to St. Joseph’s High School — a private, Catholic school — so they could get a new football field and athletic track? They knew they couldn’t hand over the money directly. People would notice. So their Plan B was to buy a Family Dollar store, demolish it, and give the land to the school instead. Turns out people noticed that, too. Yesterday, a federal… Read more
***Update***: The American Cancer Society has responded to this post. … This isn’t necessarily a story of discrimination against atheists. But I find it hard to believe a church group would have been treated the same way… hear me out and let me know if you feel the same way. To preface the story, I’m reminded of Kiva, the microlending website. On that site, individuals can loan out a relatively small amount of money, say $25, to a person who… Read more
I know most of you have no intention of voting Republican in the next presidential election, but if you had to pick *someone*, who would it be? Jon Huntsman? Sure, he accepts evolution and climate change, but that ought to be a given for any educated person, right? He doesn’t hide his Mormonism, though, and that could be his downfall. After all, if he believes the Joseph Smith story, what else will he fall for? Herman Cain? He’s awful on… Read more
My friend Jen Hancock has just released a short ebook appropriately titled Jen Hancock’s Handy Humanism Handbook: The Kindle edition is only $0.99! Not only that, but through the end of the month, the Humanists of Florida Association (HFA) will give away a copy of the book to anyone who donates to the organization. You can check out sample chapters from the book (and find out how to get the entire book for free) at her website. Read more