Infosnacking with The Friendly Atheist

A weekly digest of atheist-related news and commentary by Hemant Mehta, adapted from his blog "The Friendly Atheist."

July 8, 2009

Sorry, no church, no visitation, Dad.

In Australia, a divorced man is unable to see two of his children (both minors) for the rest of his life.  Why?  A judge ordered it, because he continually criticizes the church they attend

Does anybody know what time it is? Does anybody care?

Earlier today, the time (in America) was 04:05:06, 07/08/09, (4:05 am, 6 seconds, on July 8th, 2009.) Do you know what the significance of that is? 

There is none. 

Feel free to mention that to anyone who says otherwise.

Ignorance in the Arizona State Senate

An Arizona State Senator says that the Earth is only 6,000 years old.  Twice!  The irony is that she does this while voicing her support for uranium mining in the state… without realizing that radioactive decay of uranium is how we know the actual age of the Earth-approximately  4,500,000,000 years old.

A "regular" book for heathens, a "special" edition for Christians.  How about my atheist discount?

Sarah Palin is coming out with two versions of her forthcoming book: a "regular" version and a "Christian" version. Would anyone like to guess what the differences will be…?


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.