Hemant Mehta graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with degrees in Mathematics and Biology. While there, he also helped establish their first secular student group, Students WithOut Religious Dogma (SWORD). He earned his Masters in Math Education at DePaul University and is a National Board Certified high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago.

He has worked with the Center for Inquiry and the Secular Coalition for America, received scholarships from American Atheists and the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and appeared on CNN and FOX News Channel.

He currently serves on the board of directors for Foundation Beyond Belief (a charity organization targeting non-theistic donors) after spending several years as the chair of the board of the Secular Student Alliance (which creates and supports college atheist groups nationwide).

Hemant is the author of I Sold My Soul on eBay (WaterBrook Press, 2007) and The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide (Patheos Press, 2012).

His blog, the winner of the 2011 Bloggie award for Best Weblog About Religion, can be read at

You can reach him at

All posts by Hemant can be read here.

Steven M. Long is a freelance writer who lives in the western suburbs of Chicago. His parents celebrated the religious holidays with such a secular slant that he didn’t realize that Jesus had anything to do with Easter until he was in junior high. As well as writing book reviews for Friendly Atheist, Steve blogs about fantasy and science fiction at, and maintains a personal/professional site at

A native Texan, Emily Dietle is an aspiring speaker and avid reader. Heading the blog EmilyHasBooks (, she covers issues of atheism, humanism, state secularism, egalitarianism, and free-expression. She strives to spread awareness of these issues, online and in person. You can reach her on Twitter at @emilyhasbooks.