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- Publisher: Hyperink Atheists and Roles of Religion (January 21, 2013)
- Publication Date: January 21, 2013
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- Language: English
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"The Friendly Atheist: Thoughts on the Role of Religion in Politics and Media" is an interesting compilation of posts that capture the observations of popular atheist and blogger, Hemant Mehta. Living up to his moniker of Friendly Atheist, Mehta discusses his concerns in a respectful, engaging manner. Covering social issues that impact mainly young atheists, this is a very good and informative book. This useful 138-page book includes the following six chapters: I. Introduction, II. Atheists are People Too, III. Politics, IV. LGBT Issues, V. Religion in Schools, and VI. Conclusion.
1. The author has a pleasant, engaging style.
2. Provocative themes. A good selection of posts from Mehta's popular Friendly Atheist blog.
3. A more immersive web-enabled format. Links to references, clips, websites, etc...
4. A recurring theme of the book, "obstacles that young atheists have to deal with on a regular basis."
5. Thought-provoking. "Take a moment to reflect upon the existence of the musical The Book of Mormon. Now imagine the security precautions that would be required to stage a similar production about Islam."
6. The First Amendment plays a prominent role throughout the book. ""`The United States armed forces are highly diverse,' said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. `To have a veterans memorial that only honors soldiers of one religion is not only a violation of the First Amendment, but also an insult to the memory of non-Christians who served their country.'
7. So what is the greatest obstacle to faith? Find out.
8. A look at atheists as a group. What is the prevailing perception?
9. Religious conservatives and the issue of abortions. Well you know that can't be good and don't even mention the "rape thing".
10. LBGT issues. A really good chapter. "There is no way to oppose equal rights for gay people without being a bigot..."
11. The impact of religious inspired gay-hating. The impact on lives.
12. Examples of politicization of our public schools.
13. The issue of same-sex marriage.
14. The intrusion of religion into our schools. "The law is simple: The school cannot sponsor prayer. Neither can anyone representing the school."
15. Many examples of backlash.
1. To get the most out of this book you must have a web-enabled device.
2. I was surprised to see just a glancing mention of "teaching the controversy".
3. A little repetitive.
In summary, an enjoyable brief compilation of posts. Mehta is an engaging, respectful atheist blogger who is able to address hot-button issues with intellect and class. He covers many social topics of interest and does so in a lucid, thought-provoking manner. This web-enabled book is fun and won't take you long to read. I recommend it!
Further recommendations: "The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever" by Christopher Hitchens, "Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans" by David Niose, "Congress Shall Make No Law Respecting an Establishment of Religion" by Robert Boston, "The Dark Side of Christian History" by Helen Ellerbe, "Atheism For Dummies (For Dummies (Religion & Spirituality))" by Dale McGowan, "Birth Control, Insurance Coverage, and the Religious Right" by A.F. Alexander, "The God Argument: The Case against Religion and for Humanism" by A.C. Grayling, "50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True" by Guy P. Harrison, "Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction" by Eugenie C. Scott, "Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists" by Dan Barker, "Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism" by Susan Jacoby, "Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars" by Sikivu Hutchinson, "Republican Gomorrah" by Max Blumenthal, "American Fascists" by Chris Hedges, "Doubt" by Jennifer Michael Hecht, "Society without God" by Phil Zuckerman, and "Why are you Atheists so Angry?" by Greta Christina.
In total, the book has good insights, but slightly repetitive. Considering its brevity, that should not be the case. Read the blog and save yourself some dough.