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AuthorWe are Hemant Mehta and Camille Beredjick, the editor and author of Queer Disbelief. Ask us anything!

Oct 5th 2017 by Mpromptu • 6 Questions • 101 Points

Hemant Mehta is the editor of FriendlyAtheist.com, a YouTuber at the Atheist Voice channel, and a podcaster.

Camille Beredjick is the author of GayWrites.org. Her work has appeared in The Advocate, In These Times, BuzzFeed, Time.com, and elsewhere. She studied journalism and gender studies at Northwestern University and lives in Brooklyn with her fiancée.

We've just finished a new book called Queer Disbelief, about how the LGBTQ and atheist communities overlap, where the comparisons break down, how religion hurts (and helps!) LGBTQ people, and more. It's the culmination of more than a year's worth of research, interviews, and analysis.

We're raising funds on Kickstarter to finish the project and would appreciate your support!

Hemant is r/Mpromptu. Camille is r/camilleberedjick.

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UPDATE (3:25p ET): We will still be answering questions, albeit a bit more slowly. Thank you for the great ones so far. And please consider supporting our Kickstarter for Queer Disbelief, where Camille goes into tremendous depth on these issues. It's really a fantastic book and we can't wait for you to read it.

Q:

It seems, the more progress liberals make towards LGBTQ equality, the more fervent the anti-gay crowd gets. Where do you think the tipping point will be when American evangelicals give up on this crusade of discrimination?

A:

When they realize that younger Christians aren't coming to church or giving them money to sustain themselves BECAUSE of this issue. I think we're starting to see that happening, but it's still slow-going.


Q:

Hemant I've been reading Friendly Atheist for years. I have one question: how do you pronounce your last name?

A:

At this point, I don't know either.

The Indian way of pronouncing it is different from the way I'm used to pronouncing it. But I usually tell people MEH-tuh.


Q:

There are more than ever, which is great! Since so much of politics is about local representation, I highly recommend checking out the Victory Fund, which elevates LGBTQ candidates and elected officials at all different levels of government. It's a good way to check and see who's up-and-coming near you.

A:

If you're looking for openly non-theistic candidates to support, the Freethought Equality Fund highlights ones who are really good. They just released a list of 18 candidates who will be on the ballot next year and earned the FEF's endorsement.


Q:

Do either/both of you have a religious past? If so, what is a positive effect it has had on your life?

A:

I was raised in the Jain religion, and it was a fairly positive experience. Jains believe in non-violence. It's a good philosophy. I'm still vegetarian to this day, though for ethical reasons instead of religious ones. I just parted ways when it came to their beliefs in karma, reincarnation, and things like that.


Q:

Will you be shipping the book internationally when it inevitably comes out (pun intended) and if not so will there be online e-books available ?

A:

If the Kickstarter campaign is successful, we hope to make an ebook and paperback available on Amazon for anyone who wants it but missed this window :)


Q:

What's you guys' take on the suppression of religion in North Korea? A tourist has actually been arrested for leaving a Bible in a nightclub (A Bible in a nightclub?), and public displays of religion are discouraged (By way of labor camp and death). While I do think Athiesm is beneficial, I'm fairly certain that nobody should be forcing it on people. I'm curious about your point of view on the issue.

A:

Totally agree. Forced atheism is no better than a theocracy. Freedom of thought is worth fighting for, and then we can discuss/debate/persuade people to accept ideas on their own merit.