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Six O’Clock Series: A Young Atheist’s Survival Guide

On March 25, 2013, Hemant Mehta will lead a discussion about the right to religious freedom at 6:00 p.m. in the Ohio Room of the HUB.

Specifically, Mehta will talk about the constitutional right of freedom from religion and religous persecution. An active blogger and spokesperson, Hemant has heard thousands of stories from people across the United States who were discriminated against because they don’t believe in God. He points out that nearly a third of Americans under the age of 30 have no religious affiliation, the highest in any recorded generation. In this growing segment of “nones” are many young atheists who have faced prejudice in their high schools and communities for standing up for their constitutional right of freedom from religion. Mehta will share stories of students who have fought for their rights, sometimes at tremendous personal cost. Mehta, the “Friendly Atheist,” will also talk about how all of us can help make things better for them, regardless of our age or religious affiliation.

Hemant MehtaHemant Mehta is a biology and mathematics alumnus from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has written a book, I Sold My Soul on eBay, and is the current author of his blog, The Friendly Atheist. Hemant has appeared on Fox News and CNN and has served in leadership positions for atheist organizations nationwide. He currently teaches mathematics in the suburbs of Chicago.

Hemant Mehta’s visit is cosponsored by the Secular Student Alliance at IUP. The Secular Student Alliance at IUP (SSAIUP) is committed to creating a safe, welcoming place for all atheist, agnostic, humanist, and freethinker students. SSAIUP is committed to educating the IUP campus about atheism, agnosticism, secular humanism, and the rational worldview. SSAIUP is committed to human rights for all. SSAIUP is committed to the separation of church and state as outlined in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. SSAIUP is dedicated to improving the community at IUP, as well as the world as a whole. Membership is in this organization is open to all members of the IUP community. SSAIUP copresidents Caroline Speer and Josiah Racchini will provide the introduction to Monday evening’s program.

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