Blogger, author, tireless activist and overall awesome person Hemant Mehta totally lives up to the name of his infamous blog, the Friendly Atheist. Hemant firmly believes that you can be friendly and an atheist at the same time, and he strives to be a constant example.
Hemant wants to be a resource for parents, teachers, friends, and young atheists and show them the best way to deal with teachers and administrators who promote faith in public schools, handle the peer pressure and ostracism that may come with being an outspoken atheist, and create successful student groups that encourage conversation over conversion. He does this by doing things like establishing and serving on the board of directors for the Foundation Beyond Belief, writing a book about that one time he literally sold his “soul” on E-Bay and more recently has written a Young Atheist’s Survival Guide.
Currently, Hemant is working on his popular podcast “The Atheist Voice” which is a series of YouTube discussions, has written for CNN on the topic of atheism in millennials, and for the “Room for Debate” series in the New York Times. Hemant is returning to Skepticon 7 and we have missed him dearly! Please help us get Hemant to Springfield this November so that you can get a hug and a high five from the friendliest atheist ever! If you want your chance at bro-hugs, please donate to Skepticon, we’re about $11,000.00 short of our goal, but together we can make this happen!!!!