Hemant Mehta is an Atheist blogger who is best known for his 2007 book I Sold My Soul On Ebay. The title of the nonfiction work came as a result of Mehta's Ebay auction in which he agreed to visit the religious services of the winning bidder. A month after the auction, Mehta received a flurry of media attention and appeared on the front pages of the Chicago Sun Times, the Daily Southdown, DNA, and the Seattle Times. The high bid came in at $504 from Seattle, Washington minister Jim Henderson. Mehta donated this money to the Secular Student Alliance, in which he himself served in as Board of Directors chairman. To fulfill his end of the auction, Mehta visited a number of different churches across Michigan, Illinois, Texas, and Colorado. Henderson then asked Mehta to write about the experiences on his website. You can visit Mehta's weblog at www.friendlyatheist.com.
You can listen to our Sunday, September 9th interview with author, educator, and blogger Hemant Mehta here.
"We have issues not just with lawsuits but with students trying to promote a secular graduation ceremony where God isn't a part of it… and when they challenge faith they get punished for it. I mean, these stories are absurd. And its amazing that very few adults will step up and support them because they're afraid of losing their jobs."