Infosnacking with The Friendly Atheist

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

Nov. 18, 2009

Why a 10-Year-Old Boy Has My Respect

Will Phillips, a 10-year-old boy, is refusing the stand for the Pledge of Allegiance as long as there are still people who do not have "liberty" or "justice for all"–and the media is paying attention.

Will has already appeared on CNN, and no doubt there will be more interviews for him in the future!

Alms for the (heterosexual) poor

Catholic Charities, a program of the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., helps tens of thousands of poor and homeless people in our nation's capital. Recently, they proclaimed that they will "be unable to continue the social services programs" if a new bill protecting LGBT people against discrimination is passed by the city council.

This is precisely what Jesus would have done.

Boy Scouts of America to Be Honored on a Stamp

The Boy Scouts of America will be getting their own commemorative stamp from the United States Postal Service next summer. With their history of discrimination, this is quite appalling.

But at least there's poetic justice in sending them back your merit badges with proper postage as you explain why you want nothing to do with them–as long as they continue kicking out gays and atheists, you refuse to be a member.   

LGBT Political Party Dismissed in the Philippines

In the Philippines, a new political party for the LGBT community has been rejected for accreditation because apparently they will advocate "sexual immorality" and "immoral doctrines."

Protests are planned but the supporters have an uphill climb.


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.