Taking a Short Break…

This is just a brief note to let you all know I’m going to be gone for the next few days so I can focus on my wedding :)

(In atheist-speak, I’m getting Hitched.)

While I’m gone, Paul Fidalgo will be running the show. Paul is the Communications Director for the Center for Inquiry, a blogger at Near-Earth Object, and the host of a new podcast (The Obcast) that features wonderful long-form conversations with people in the science/tech worlds. If you’re not already subscribed to his show, you should take care of that now.

There are a few more posts in the queue, but I’ll be back early next week after taking care of all the chaos and stress and happy-fun-excitement that a wedding brings (and going on a hastily-planned mini-honeymoon in downtown Chicago).

Be good to Paul while I’m away!

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • dad21jedi

    Congratulations! “Hitched” … love it.

  • islandbrewer

    No, you must carry a laptop with you and post when you’re not doing anything. You can upload a post while you’re standing there waiting to walk down the aisle – that’s a good 5 minutes free right there! And when inlaws and such are giving speeches and making toasts. I zoned out at my wedding, but you could totally use the time to write stuff. Hell, you should live-blog the wedding.

  • Ron Stephens

    Congratulations! Have a wonderful time!

  • http://lanahobbs.wordpress.com/ lana hobbs


  • Spazticus

    Conga Rats!

  • GubbaBumpkin

    I thought that meant losing a bunch of brain cells to Johnnie Walker Black Label…‽

  • GubbaBumpkin

    Pics or it didn’t happen.

  • http://skepticink.com/dangeroustalk Dangerous Talk

    Congratulations! Who is your celebrant? I hope you post some video.

  • RobertoTheChi

    Congratulations, Hemant!

  • Paul (not the apostle)

    Congratulations, Remember the Sanctity of Hitched. :-). Our word is good even if we don’t ask an invisible friend to attend the ceremony.

  • Daphnakalo

    OMFSM! What will we do without Hemant?!?!
    Best wishes for your hitching!

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

    My friend August Brunsman (who heads up the SSA)

  • Smiles

    Congratulations Hemant! I hope your union brings strength to you both, in all that you do. Best wishes!

  • cary_w


    But… “…the next few days…”??!? Can’t you take a longer honeymoon than that? Please tell me you two are planning some fabulous trip over Christmas break or next summer or something! And going somewhere other than Chicago! I mean, not that Chicago is not nice, it’s just that you live there (don’t you?), so it doesn’t count as a fabulous getaway for you!

    And as others have said…Pictures? Pictures? Pretty please? Just one little picture?

  • Jasper

    So, basically behave like we have a substitute teacher

  • JT Rager

    But God created marriage! How can you get married if you don’t believe in him?!?

    In all seriousness, congratulations!

  • onamission5

    Congratulations!!! :D

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  • Monika Jankun-Kelly

    :D Congratulations Hemant and the lady whose name I do not know. So happy for you both! Shared joy is greater, shared burdens lighter, marriage is wonderful.

  • Monika Jankun-Kelly
  • cryofly

    Congrats! Hope your power gets doubled.

    PS: Power – power of persuasion to make humans sane.

  • cary_w

    WooHoo!!!! Time to let all Hell break loose on the comments! Or do we get an F if we’re not good for the sub?

  • Beth

    Congrats sir!

  • http://skepticink.com/dangeroustalk Dangerous Talk

    Cool! Congratz again.

  • Drew M.

    Wedding? How the heck did that happen?

    Congratulations! :D

  • Joel Adkins

    Don’t forget the bachelor party!

  • Tiffany

    Congratulations Hemant to you and your bride to be! I look forward to hearing about your ceremony (not the least reason because I need to steal some ideas for a secular wedding)!

  • Lauryn

    Congratulations Hemant! :D Hope your wedding is wonderful!

  • Bob Becker

    Letting your wedding interfere with blogging? Good god, man where are your priorities? Get a grip.

  • Buckley

    Congrats! It’s always a wonderful day when you can pledge your love and support to another person. I hope for many years of love. Remember: Don’t forget to keep dating your spouse after the marriage.

  • Savoy47

    A Friendly Atheist and an Eloquent Atheist sounds like a great combination!

  • allein

    Is that what disqus is doing when it sticks the wrong names on everyone’s posts? Like everyone’s sitting in someone else’s seat for roll call?

  • allein

    Mazel tov! ;)

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

    Hehe, I have to be back at work on Tuesday, so honeymoon will wait. Pics will come soon, though.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    My best wishes for you and your Love. May you both be very happy together.

  • kaboobie

    Congratulations and best wishes to you and your soon-to-be spouse, Hemant!

  • FelyxLeiter


  • Loic

    How wonderful! I love a good atheist wedding! She is a lucky, lucky lady! Best wishes, and (a lack of) prayers for a wonderful life together. :)

  • Tim

    cool. Congratulations and love from another married athiest

  • John_in_Vegas

    That’s awesome! Congratulations and enjoy.

  • Bad_homonym

    Congrats Hemant. Wish you both all the best!!

  • GeraardSpergen

    All my best to you and your bride, Hemant.

  • Robin

    Congratulations!!! And we’re ALWAYS nice. :)

  • Free

    Congratulations! Historical and very significant time in both of your lives. I will pray that you both grow in your love for each other.

  • Robin

    Hawaii Hemant, GO TO HAWAII in the dead of the Chicago winter. You two deserve nice warm balmy breezes, walkin in the warm sand, holding hands and gazing into each others lovin eyes while the rest of chicago is up to thier butts in snow and 40 mile an hour winds. Sounds good doesn’t it? GO

  • flyb

    I just want to wish you both good luck. We’re all counting on you.

  • Banrion

    Congratulations and all the best to you two for married life!

  • http://atheistlutheran.blogspot.com/ MargueriteF


  • schnauzermommy

    Congratulations and felicitations! May you both enjoy many many happy years together!

  • Michael W Busch


  • Bdole

    Congratulations! Can’t wait for the babies…yummy, delicious babies.

  • JET


  • Crazy Russian

    Oh, wow! Congratulations! :)

  • OCRazor

    AWE-SOME!! Congrats to your and yours!

  • Mario Strada


  • The Other Weirdo

    We drove our substitute teacher into a mental ward, as I recall.

  • The Other Weirdo

    Congratulations, Hemant!

  • http://www.travismamone.net/ Travis Mamone

    Congratulations, Hemant!

  • LesterBallard

    Congratulations! What fundie is performing the ceremony?

  • Patrick R

    Congratulations, Hemant!

  • viaten

    Congratulations. All the best.

  • Chas Swedberg

    Adding the congrats pile on!

  • Ida Know

    Best wishes for a long, happy, and god-free life together!

  • Hat Stealer

    You mean to say that you haven’t been spending every waking minute of your time working on this blog, and that you actually have a life outside of informing us? I’m very, very disappointed.

    (Not really. Congratulations, and I hope it goes great.)

  • the moother

    Massive congrats and funky good times to you and all of yours…

  • Joe_No_Halo

    Congratulations, Hemant. I wish you and your beloved much happiness!

  • Cattleya1

    Happy hitching! May it bring you and your betrothed a lifetime of great memories.

  • Noelle

    Congrats, Hemant!

  • pagansister

    And yet another Congratulations! Best of everything to you and your soon to be bride!!

  • mkbell

    Wishing the two of you a lifetime of love together.

  • http://boldquestions.wordpress.com/ Ubi Dubium


  • L.G. Keltner


  • dcl3500

    Congrats on the upcoming yours and your truly’s upcoming nuptials!

  • Miss_Beara

    Congrats to you, sir!

  • kaydenpat

    Congrats on your pending nuptials!

  • ecolt

    Congratulations! We’ll try not to burn the place down while you’re gone.

  • Beet LeRace

    WHOAAAAAA… *high five*

  • Tyrrlin Flamestrike

    Congratulations! (And if the wedding is the 31st, you’ll be in good company. My parents got married on 8/31 and are still going strong!)

    We’ll try not to make the substitute cry. ;-)

  • anniewhoo

    Congratulations Hemant! Wishing you a future filled with laughter, love, and happiness.

  • Keulan

    Congrats, Hemant!

  • Bill

    No. I want postings on your wedding day and night! Seriously, congratulations!

  • Slow Learner

    Gratz on level up.

  • Charvakus

    Live long and happy!

  • Len

    Congrats :-)

    (PS Pics or it never happened!)

  • GodlessPoutine

    Congratulations Hemant!!

  • maddogdelta
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  • bananafaced

    Best wishes. Have a wonderful wedding and happy honeymoon.

  • http://mittenatheist.blogspot.com/ Kari Lynn

    Congratulations! Remember to eat on your wedding day! I didn’t eat anything until the dinner at mine and then I almost fell asleep on the dance floor because I crashed.

  • cipher

    I had no idea. Congratulations!

  • Ned Rosen

    Congratulations Hemant, and best wishes. We look forward to your return to TFA. Have a great wedding!

  • Sarah

    Congrats on the upcoming nuptials!

  • Without Malice

    Congrats Hemant. A long and happy life to both of you.

  • http://gloomcookie613.tumblr.com GloomCookie613

    Congrats! I hope your marriage is filled with love, laughter, and lots of reason. ;)

  • https://twitter.com/HungryHeathen Hungry Heathen

    So what I’m hearing is that you’re going to be focusing more on twitter.

  • http://rolltodisbelieve.wordpress.com/ Captain Cassidy

    Congratulations and best wishes to you both!

  • primenumbers

    Have a great wedding Hemant. Thinking the best for you and your love!

  • C.L. Honeycutt

    Funny how you never see Joe Klein rousing himself enough to fill in for anybody.

  • DoctorDJ

    Just remember…. the first 50 years of marriage are the hardest!
    All the best to you and your spouse.