Hemant Mehta

From RationalWiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Hemant Mehta in 2014
Going One God Further
Icon atheism.svg
Key Concepts
Articles to not believe in
Notable heathens
Ridiculing the Bible is not my life's mission. It's just something I do when I'm awake. [1]

Hemant Mehta is an American atheist activist, blogger, and author. He's known for selling his soul on eBay, eating babies,[2] 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 channels "The Atheist Voice"[3] and "Friendly Atheist"[4] may be far better alternatives to that other guy.

The Friendly Atheist[edit]

Hemant Mehta's blog, Friendly Atheist, is currently hosted on Patheos. Mehta features issues like separation of church and state,[5] gay rights,[6] the use of religion to explain the origin of the universe,[7] the non-existence of the soul,[8] Santa Claus,[9] and the many problems Christianity has.[10]

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

Women's issues[edit]

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.[11] Mehta also criticised Christians who oppose abortion rights,[12] described how anti-abortion activists who tried to undermine Planned Parenthood broke the law,[13] and has opposed proposed Illinois legislation that would deny financial support for mothers of children who cannot name the father in a birth certificate.[14]

Mehta acknowledges that many Christians recognize the sexism inherent in biblical stories about God.[15]


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.

External links[edit]