A weekly commentary by Hemant Mehta, adapted from his blog "The Friendly Atheist."
Aug. 19, 2009
Muslim state legislator puts democratic principles before Islam
A Muslim politician was elected to the state legislature in Maryland. You won't believe what he is in favor of.
We like your kid, he's just a heathen
A neighbor knows you're an atheist but still asks if your child wants to come to church with her family. You're probably a little peeved by that. So you respond by asking her if it's OK for you to take her children to an atheist group meeting. Take a guess at her response. (Oh hypocrisy, how we love you.)
Church wins big on lottery gamble
Members of a church in Michigan won the lottery. And because the winnings were given to the church, they also won't have to pay any taxes on the money… This sounds like a loophole waiting to be exploited.
About Hemant Mehta, The Friendly Atheist
Hemant Mehta is the Chair of the Secular Student Alliance (SSA) Board of Directors. He has worked with the Center for Inquiry and is also an SSA representative to the Secular Coalition for America. Hemant received national attention, including being featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, for his work as the "eBay Atheist." Hemant's blog can be read at FriendlyAtheist.com and his book "I Sold My Soul on eBay" (WaterBrook Press) is now in bookstores everywhere. He currently works as a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago.