I Want to Be Hemant Mehta When I Grow Up


I’ve written a few times about having hate mail envy. I don’t think I get nearly as much hate mail as I deserve (the really good ones seem to go to Mikey Weinstein, who is kind enough to forward them to me). But I’m really jealous of Hemant Mehta, who has reached the point where wingnut bigots are using him as a boogeyman in fundraising appeals. The Illinois [Straight, Christian] Family Institute says of him:

Many have probably read about the math teacher at Neuqua Valley High School,Hemant Mehta, who in his spare time works feverishly on his blog, The Friendly Atheist, where he demonstrates a condescending distaste for all things religious, particularly Christianity, often in language far more offensive than the two anatomically correct terms that got Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson in a peck of trouble. Mehta’s been in the news lately for trying unsuccessfully to donate money to the Morton Grove Park Board after they lost funding from the American Legion who objected to a board member who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mehta, the not-so-friendly atheist, also has guest writers who promote a host of lousy ideas including public acceptance of polyamory (Click HERE, and HERE and take note that these were written over four years ago. They’re no Johnny-come-latelies to the sexual anarchy parade.) So, in his free time, this role model for other people’s children is promoting hostility toward Christianity and goodwill toward sexual deviance.

I think Hemant has now reached Super Ninja Atheist status. I’m not worthy.

Comments

  1. Konradius says

    The sexual anarchy parade?!?!
    Where is it? Where can I sign up?
    We should so be stealing that term…

  2. iknklast says

    I wish my son had a role model like Hemant when he was in school, instead of his teachers that told him evolution had been proven false (fortunately, my son could ask me about their assertions; other kids in the class didn’t have a biologist for a parent).

  3. Jackie wishes she could hibernate says

    I want to know where this Sexual Anarchy Parade is and how I can sign up.

  4. Onamission5 says

    The IFI has been after Hemant for quite a while. Don’t forget he’s also, according to a certain library board member, a hate group. A hate group of one, which is a super neat trick.

  5. Onamission5 says

    Now that I think of it I would be willing to put a bet on that library board member also being a card carrying member of the IFI.

  6. says

    The sexual anarchy parade?!?!
    Where is it? Where can I sign up?
    We should so be stealing that term…

    Heh. I’ve been watching an anime called Log Horizon where the characters are have been trapped in an MMO. The main character was a member of a group called “Debauchery Tea Party,” a name I thought was awesome. “Sexual Anarchy Parade” sounds like a good guild name for much the same reason.

    …Well, maybe not, given that rape culture includes a lot of gamer culture, and the worst would flock to a guild with a name like that.

  7. Reginald Selkirk says

    where he demonstrates a condescending distaste for all things religious,..

    Sometimes condescension is earned.

  8. dingojack says

    Konradius & Jackie – ‘sign up’?!” This is the Sexual Anarchy Parade, baby! We don’ nee’ no’ steeekin’ forms!
    :) Dingo
    ———–
    I call it as a band name.
    On second thoughts …. who knows what freaks might turn up at gigs? ;)

  9. says

    My motorcycle group leads the Sexual Anarchy Parade every year.

    Oddly enough, it seems to get bigger and bigger every year.

    Of course, we’re Canadians, so that sort of thing is just to be expected.

  10. says

    I’m happy they at least linked to those posts. Nothing like posting to logically-sound arguments to underscore your weak position. Granted, many who read them will place ideology above logic.

    Also, Sexual Anarchy Parade is the name of my Sex Pistols tribute band.

  11. John Pieret says

    It’s clear, Ed, if you want really good hate mail, you have to either become Jewish (though changing your name to a Jewish sounding one might well be enough) or put “Atheist” in the blog’s name. I suspect having brown skin and a “furrin” name might also help.

    To get good juicy hate you have to get to them viscerally.

  12. M can help you with that. says

    Since anarchy is the opposite of hierarchy, I’d be all for a Sexual Anarchy Parade. Sex where all participants are equal is how it’s supposed to be done!

  13. Artor says

    As a kilt-wearer, I heartily approve of unrestrained gonads. Don’t knock it ’till you’ve tried it.

  14. shay says

    I’d like to see the floats in that sexual anarchy parade (“Sexual Anarchy” — what a name for a band).

  15. Sastra says

    Hemant Mehta, who in his spare time works feverishly on his blog, The Friendly Atheist , …

    The fact that he’s “working feverishly” on his blog is a good clue that Hemant Mehta is up to no good. Decent bloggers are cooly productive. Not this guy.

    I thought they wanted us to be condescending, and treat them with delicate forbearance.

  16. ianken says

    Ed, if you did more original pieces rather than merely providing a daily wingnut update you might get there. I enjoy your work, particularly when you get all constitutional scholarly.

  17. says

    As a kilt-wearer, I heartily approve of unrestrained gonads. Don’t knock it ’till you’ve tried it.

    It’s the knocking, when I tried it, that made me knock it.

  18. Lofty says

    I don’t think I get nearly as much hate mail as I deserve
    You could replace your personal picture with that of a woman, that should do it.

  19. Larry says

    I want to know where this Sexual Anarchy Parade is and how I can sign up

    Apparently, its the name the christoban now use to refer to the Rose Bowl Parade.

  20. mobius says

    After reading about the Morton Grove kerfuffle, I started reading the Friendly Atheist about a month ago. It has become one of my favorite blogs (but not more so that Dispatches).

  21. Al Dente says

    As a kilt-wearer, I heartily approve of unrestrained gonads. Don’t knock it ’till you’ve tried it.

    The Corries did a parody of “Scotland the Brave” which included (starting at 2:12):

    Land of the kilt and sporran,
    Underneath there’s nothing worn,
    How I wish the wind was warm,
    Scotland the Brave.

    I must admit it’s pretty gruesome
    Walking around with your frozen two-some
    They’re all we’ve got, we mustn’t lose them,
    Scotland the Brave.

  22. dingojack says

    And speaking of libraries. How did the Library Journal react to an earlier strain of Christo-fascist nonsense?
    Like this [as Ed reported earlier].
    Dingo

  23. keithb says

    Probably the closest thing you will get to the Sexual Anarchy Parade – besides Mardi Gras – is the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade.

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