Hemant Mehta, also known as “The Friendly Atheist,” needs more press. He is smart, articulate, and knows how to give the atheist movement a positive outward appearance to those who generally have a skewed view of what it means to be an atheist–religious people.
Recently, two Oregon churches were the target of vandalism by some atheists. They spray painted things like “Praise FSM” in reference to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which is a parody for God. I am a big fan of FSM, but vandalism is a terrible way to get ANY message across. If you want to change minds, don’t ruin property or go about it in other unsavory ways; atheists already have a bad reputation for being angry and arrogant, so why fan the flames of that stereotype?
In order to show that, in fact, atheists are not horrible people who condone such juvenile, unjust behavior, Hemant Mehta decided to raise money through donations on his blog. He raised $3,000 to help clean up the mess caused by rogue atheists to the targeted churches.
Hemant was perfect in this. Just when the religious man tried to suggest that good deeds such as the atheist donations are, in a sense, in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ, Mehta rightfully chimed in to let it be known that one need not follow the teaching of Christ in order to do good deeds. That may seem obvious, but it’s a line of thinking that may have otherwise gone over the heads of Fox News viewers.
More atheists need to do things like this. Cheers, Hemant!