Sept. 16, 2009
A weekly commentary by Hemant Mehta, adapted from his blog "The Friendly Atheist."
Three teenagers were kicked out of a minor league baseball stadium because they refused to stand during a singing of "God Bless America."
I'm shocked. I mean, who actually attends minor league baseball games?
Anna Falling, the Tulsa, Oklahoma mayorial candidate who seemed to run on a platform of "All God, All the Time" lost her race. She earned 10 percent of the Republican primary votes, leaving her in a distant third place. When even Oklahoma conservatives find you too extremist, may you ought to rethink your stances on the issues…
A construction sign in Utah was vandalized. Instead of informing drivers of upcoming traffic delays, it displayed a message on how "God doesn't exist."
Considering it wasn't a safety display, was this a stupid prank or a funny stunt?
A Unitarian Universalist magazine accepted money from the Freedom From Religion Foundation for a full page ad — published the ad — received a couple complaints, and then publicly apologized for running it.
Was the business manager right to apologize or was he being overly sensitive?
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.