Jessica Ahlquist Talks About the Support from the Atheist Community

Jessica Ahlquist recently filmed a segment for Chris Johnson‘s multimedia book about atheists and what gives them joy and meaning in life.

In the segment below, she talks about the time she went from her school where she was picked on for being a vocal atheist to the Reason Rally where she was admired for the exact same trait:

(via The Atheist Book)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • Deanna

    Great interview.

    Just curious. Did Jessica finish high school, start college? I’ve watched recent interviews and tried google, but can only find that she has been doing a lot of speaking engagements.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Hemant Mehta

      She’ll be starting college in the fall :)

  • DKeane123

    Good for us, and particularly Hemant.

  • edb3803

    Thanks for sharing this video. It makes me feel like we atheists, as a community, are having a significant impact on others.

    Yes, I realize Ahlquist is already an atheist, but the support she received from the community made her feel so much better. That’s hugely important.

  • wright1

    A brave woman who continues to improve as a speaker; atheism needs more like her.


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