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Hemant Mehta

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Hemant Mehta is an American atheist activist, blogger, and author. He's known for selling his soul on eBay, eating babies,[1] and not being an asshole to believers. Mehta was a math teacher but is now a full-time atheist activist. If you are looking for a popular atheist YouTuber, his channel "The Atheist Voice" is a far better alternative to that other guy.


[edit] The Friendly Atheist

Hemant Mehta's blog, Friendly Atheist, is currently hosted on Patheos. Mehta features issues like separation of church and state,[2] gay rights,[3] the use of religion to explain the origin of the universe,[4], the non-existence of the soul,[5] and Santa Claus.[6]

While the Friendly Atheist is primarily Mehta's blog, he has a number of co-bloggers, and he also accepts submissions.

[edit] Women's issues

Mehta took up the case of a pastor's wife who was treated unsympathetically by a group of Christians after she filed for separation from her husband citing physical, spiritual and emotional abuse.[7] Mehta also criticised Christians who oppose abortion rights, [8] described how anti-abortion activists who tried to undermine Planned Parenthood broke the law, [9] and has opposed proposed Illinois legislation that would deny financial support for mothers of children who cannot name the father in a birth certificate. [10]

Mehta acknowledges that many Christians recognize the sexism inherent in biblical stories about God.[11]

[edit] Books

Mehta has written several books. He gained a degree of prominence following the events described in I Sold My Soul on eBay (2007, ISBN 978-1400073474). The Young Atheist's Survival Guide: Helping Secular Students Thrive (2012, ISBN 978-1939221070) is intended to help students cope with the social consequences of coming out as atheists and stand up to teachers and administrators trying to inject religion in public schools.

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