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.

Texas County Leaders Reject Atheist Banner on Courthouse Lawn (But the Nativity Scene Can Stay)

In Kerr County, Texas, the War on Christmas is already underway.

Since a Nativity scene has been on the front lawn of the Kerrville County Courthouse every year since 1999, a local atheist recently made a simple request to put up a banner from the Freedom From Religion Foundation in the same space. His proposal was shot down unanimously by the Commissioners.


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“In God We Trust” Sign (That Shouldn’t Have Been There At All) Vandalized Outside Florida School

At Hilliard Middle-Senior High School in Florida, there was a sign outside the building that had the words “In God We Trust” on it. We can argue over whether that should have been there at all, but the story here is that someone used black spray paint over those words, vandalizing the board:


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Judge: Taxpayer Money Can Be Used to Fund Church Renovation Projects in Acton (MA)

A judge has ruled that Acton (MA) officials were not violating the law when they approved $115,000 in renovation grants for two local churches. Americans United for Separation of Church and State says it’ll appeal the decision.


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9-Year-Old Genius Says He Wants to Become an Astrophysicist and Prove God’s Existence

9-year-old William Maillis is one of those geniuses who’s already in college. He graduated high school last year — while his peers finished fourth grade — and is currently enrolled in community college. After a year-long transition period, he’ll transfer to Carnegie Mellon University, where he plans to study to become an astrophysicist.

That’s all well and good. But wait till you hear his ultimate goal.


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Two More Candidates for Public Office Announce Their Non-Theism Before the Election

Two more politicians on the ballot this November have come out as non-theistic ahead of the election. The Freethought Equality Fund has endorsed both of them.


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