Did You Know I’m an Atheist?

Remember the local newspaper that talked about how readers of this website sent emails to the East Aurora Board of Education urging them to keep their policy benefitting transgender students… but didn’t mention me or this site’s name?

The Illinois Family Institute doesn’t appreciate that, so they did some journalistic work themselves and came up with a huge story: I’m an atheist!

If you spend any time on Mehta’s blog, you will find that he promotes both atheism and the extraordinarily obscene and hateful religious bigot Dan Savage. In addition, Mehta, who is a… math teacher, regularly uses profane and obscene language. Mehta’s endorsement of the East Aurora High School policy provides further evidence that it’s bad policy.

I do, in fact, promote atheism on this blog. I don’t know what I was thinking trying to slip that one by all of you.

As for Dan Savage, the guy’s awesome, but as far as anything more than a passing reference, he’s been mentioned all of twice on this site over the past year.

Profane and obscene language? I use it on the site sometimes… and never in the classroom. So Laurie Higgins is taking an unfair shot by mentioning that I’m a math teacher in the same sentence where she says this.

But that’s what you do when no one takes you seriously. You make shit up and see what sticks with a readership that never bothers to factcheck anything you say.

Also, unlike IFI, I’ll link back to their site so you can see all of their bigotry for yourself. Don’t just take my word for it.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • Brian Westley

    “I’ll alert the media” – John Gielgud in “Arthur”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002501884108 Dan Marshall

    WTF… you’re an atheist?! I’m outta here, man.

  • Don Gwinn

    To be fair, you probably should have mentioned that when you wrote the local newspaper article.  ;)

  • http://nwrickert.wordpress.com/ Neil Rickert

    I’m an Atheist

    I’m shocked, I tell you!  Shocked!

    They are just posturing.

  • http://www.holytape.etsy.com Holytape

    Damn bad kerning, and here I thought this blog as “friendly a theist.”   But it explains why few, if any, post end in “Praise Thor, ye puny mortals.”

  • George Wiman

    I wonder what else they thought the site title could possibly have meant?

  • TiltedHorizon

    “…regularly uses profane and obscene language.”

    I can deal with your atheism but a fucking potty mouth is a bridge too far. As a form of protest this will be my last post HERE.

    Now that I am two carriage returns away from where “here” is  I am free to participate again. Let this be a lesson to you.

  • Justin Miyundees

    Eager as ever to strike up the pyres.  Charming.

  • http://brielle.sosdg.org Brielle

    OMG, Hemant, how dare you not declare to me that you are an atheist!   And here I was thinking you were just another god fearing American patriot.

    In other news, I’m about as shocked about this as I am that Laurie Higgins is batshit crazy.

  • http://yetanotheratheist.com/ TerranRich

    I thought this blog was hosted by Lya, my Friend who is a Theist. :P

  • Jennifer English

    Won’t someone PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?   This is just shocking! 

    Praise Thor, ye puny mortals!

  • Tainda

    HO-LEE SHIT!!  I have been blaspheming this whole time and didn’t even know it!

    I can read but can’t comprehend.  Huked on foniks wurked fur mi!

    I’m going to go bathe in holy water now, scuse me…

  • Gus Snarp

    The desperation of the IFI is really pathetic.

  • Roxy

    Comments not allowed on the IFI article…what a surprise.

  • Octoberfurst

     I for one am appalled that you are promoting atheism on a site called “The Friendly Atheist.”  :-)

  • guest

    oh,and look, no comment section either on the site. :(

  • C Peterson

    You run a site, The Friendly Atheist. She points out that you are an atheist. But she chooses to overlook the friendly part. Hmmm…

  • The Other Weirdo

    The devil, you say! An atheist? You? But you haven’t pillaged or eaten any babies, that I know of. You can’t be an atheist. You just can’t!

  • http://www.holytape.etsy.com Holytape

    I think this is far worse than most people here realize.  If you look at the picture for the original IFI article.  Not only is Mehta an atheist, but he is a sadistic madman.   Look at him laughing as some poor giant head has it cranium blown off by a bunch of religious symbols.   What kind of cruel man would laugh at such a tragedy?  Answer an baby-eating atheist. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lance-Gritton/100000171962339 Lance Gritton

    I’m interested in the shocking and profane language she says you regularly use… do I have to subscribe to the adult version of this site,  because I seem to keep missing out on it.

  • Pepe

    So it wasn’t the ‘Friendly Theist’ all these years? :O

  • http://twitter.com/arensb arensb

    When an organization has “family” in its name, it usually means “patriarchy”. So naturally, when the Illinois Family Institute saw that your blog was named “Friendly Atheist“, they assumed that was code for something else. Like “cute puppy dogs” or something.

  • pRinzler

    Holy fuck, Hemet uses obscene language!?  You bastard!

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    What, you’re an atheist? How could I be so blind? I say good day, Sir. 

  • pRinzler

    “You make shit up and see what sticks with a readership that never bothers to factcheck anything you say.”

    This is absolutely crucial to keeping sheeple in their place.  The Big Lie is easy when they believe literally anything you say and never check up on anything.  But that just points to the need for critical thinking that atheists and skeptics trumpet, and we need thousands more trumpets.

  • A3Kr0n

     I always thought “Friendly Atheist” was just satire because we all know there are no “friendly” atheists.

  • Earl G.

    What a crack team of investigators they must have over at IFI.

    Curses, IFI, nothing gets past you!

  • Daniel

    Holy crap!  All this time, I thought this site was written by Friendly, a theist.

  • Annie

    “His name is Hemant Mehta, also known as “the Friendly Atheist.””

    Wow.  They make it sound like that’s your super hero name!

  • Phil Errup

    It’s bad enough that you’re an atheist, but being a math teacher is simply beyond the pale.  2+2=5: TEACH THE CONTROVERSY!

  • http://profiles.google.com/5up.mushroom 5up Mushroom

    For SEO purposes, your link text back to IFA should really say something like “Bunch of idiots” so Google is fully aware of what folks think of IFA.

  • MartinRC

    Next thing you know, they will be reporting that you are friendly, something none of us would have guessed coming to this site?!!

  • curtcameron

    I agree with what you’re saying, but you should know that many many people will just stop reading anytime someone uses the word “sheeple.” It’s usually followed with ideas on 9/11 conspiracies and/or chemtrails.

  • pRinzler

    My mileage has already varied.  Urban Dictionary (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=sheeple) has plenty of definitions that don’t get into 9/11 or chemtrails.  I’ve never used it or heard it in those specific contexts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Patrick/100000027906887 Adam Patrick

    The author of “Friendly Atheist” is an atheist? Wow, I never would have guessed…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Patrick/100000027906887 Adam Patrick

    Introducing The Friendly Atheist! Here to show people that belief in God is not required for living a happy, fulfilling life.

  • Annie

     Excellent!  Now all Hemant needs is a costume!  The action figure would make wonderful Christmas and Hanukkah gifts.

  • gandalfe

    Of course, even if you were evil, even if you slaughtered puppies (but only the cutest ones!) and drank their blood in the middle of the street, that has NOTHING to do with whether this policy is good or bad. Guilt by association is one of the basic fallacies the ignorant demagogues use to obfuscate their positions.

  • BeasKnees

    “…regularly uses profane and obscene language.”LMAO.

  • Patterrssonn

    Or something about Al Gore.

    Just sayin

  • Randomfactor

     Hemant’s the bank robber who’s smiling and waving at folks.

    You know:  “Friendly at heist.”

  • Vizbones

    Whoa, whoa, whoa…you’re a math teacher?

    I’m outta here!

    Fucking freak!

    And despite having NEVER seen infinity, you still teach about it as if it were true!

  • Don Gwinn

    People, people, let’s keep our wits about us.  I’m sure this is just a phase young Hemant is going through right now. 

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

    Did Hemant kill Kenny?

  • http://stevebowen58.blogspot.co.uk/ Steve Bowen

    I want the set. Hemant, Greta, Ophelia, PZ… Kinda like atheist Power Rangers.

  • pRinzler

    He’s a potty-mouthed atheist, that’s enough to convict in several states, isn’t it?

  • Antinomian

    Well, that was a disappointing  link to the AFA. Under their Main Topics Header they listed pornography, and I’m like, sweet, naked nuns, dude. Let me tell you that there was no porn, not even missionary position for the sole purpose of procreation.

  • Antinomian

    The Integer works in strange and mysterious ways unbound by space and time.

  • Just me

    Thanks for the link back to their website…..NOT!!! My head is about to explode from their site content. This article just put me over the edge:

    Now I have to go do some demonic yoga to calm down!

  • MartinRC

    Great, now that his secret identity is out all the supervillians will be out to get him.

  • kaydenpat

    “the extraordinarily obscene and hateful religious bigot Dan Savage.”

    Actually, Dan is a cool guy.  His award-winning “It Gets Better” campaign has probably deterred scores of gay teens from hurting themselves and helped them deal with bullying and rejection.

  • RobertoTheChi

    You’re an atheist? I had NO idea!

  • RobertoTheChi

    I’m out of here! I will not associate with a math teacher. How could you? How dare you teach our youth MATH of all things. You’re a fucking sicko! I’m going to go hang out with those nice folks at the IFI. They seem like good, honest people.

  • http://www.travismamone.net/ Travis Mamone

    You’re an atheist? And a math teacher? And an LGBT ally? GET ON YO’ KNEES AND REPENT IN TH’ NAME O’ JAYSUS!

  • allein

    So…one more strike against him there, right? (In her eyes, at least.)

  • Robster

    Don’t forget to the person opining, snakes really do talk, virgins have baby jesusus’, the whole universe was whipped up in a week,  a bloke lived inside a whale for three whole days and much more suspect nonsense. The writer is obviously a bit of an idiot, so it can’t be a surprise.

  • HughInAz

    There is no god.

    Oops, I just used profane and obscene language.

  • brianmacker


    It’s a false claim standing alone without the implication you do it in class. You in fact do not regularly use profane and obscene language.

  • Dan

    Hey, at least they got a kickass pic of you!

  • Magitekwarrior

    “…also known as the friendly atheist ..” – Hemant, how could you hide your identity like this!? Im shocked, just like that time when I found out that Prince adam is actually He-man..

    Fabulous secret powers were revealed to He-man(t), the day he held aloft his sword and said: “By the power of Thick-skulled (Laurie Higgins)…. “