Infosnacking with The Friendly Atheist

A weekly commentary by Hemant Mehta, adapted from his blog "The Friendly Atheist."

Oct. 7, 2009

Albuquerque City Councilor Don Harris Attacks Opponent for Being an Atheist

Don Harris, a city councilperson in New Mexico, decided to attack his challenger by calling him a – gasp! – atheist. He even capitalized and italicized the word in the mailing, for added emphasis.  Election Day was Tuesday, October 6.

Christian Comic Loses Faith

A comedian who was known as "the Christian" in a multi-faith comedy troupe has now become an atheist.  Part of the reason he de-converted was that he felt he could never ask challenging questions in church.

Cheerleaders' Bible Banners Banned from Football Games

Cheerleaders in Georgia will no longer be able to hold up a giant banner with Biblical phrases during football games.  It will be hilarious if the team loses its next several games in a row.

Ex-Muslim Gets Death Threats for Speaking Out in Tulsa

A Muslim man in Tulsa, Okla., spoke to a local atheist group about his loss of faith.  After a newspaper published an article about him, his life was put in jeopardy.  Both he and his family have been threatened. This is the danger some people face in going public about their non-theism.


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 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.