L. Aron Nelson
October 15, 1962
|Occupation||Public speaker, video producer, vlogger, podcaster|
|Organization||American Atheists, Atheist Alliance of America, Democratic Party of Texas|
|Known for||Anti-theist activism, evolution education|
|Spouse(s)||Lilandra Ra (2009–present)|
Aron Ra (born L. Aron Nelson, October 15, 1962) is an American author, podcaster, and atheist activist. Ra is the host of the Ra-Men Podcast and a regional director of American Atheists. He had previously served as president of the Atheist Alliance of America and ran as a Democratic candidate for Texas' District 2 Senate seat.
A vocal critic of theism and creationism and an advocate for the inclusion of evolution in science curricula, Ra produces YouTube videos on the topics of skepticism, free thought, and atheism. Among the video series he has released are Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism, Refuting the Irrefutable Proof of God, and How Zoology Disproves Noah's Flood.
He has engaged in live debates with young Earth creationists, including Ray Comfort, and presented at skepticism conferences in Europe. As a member of the Unholy Trinity, he toured the United States and Australia with fellow atheist activists Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist and Matt Dillahunty of The Atheist Experience. 
He appeared in the documentary films My Week in Atheism, directed by John Christy, and Batman & Jesus, directed by Jozef K. Richards. He published his first book, Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism, in 2016.
Political candidacy and views
In March 2017, Ra resigned from his position as president of the Atheist Alliance of America to run for the Texas State Senate against Republican incumbent Bob Hall. The first Democratic candidate to run for the District 2 seat since 2002, he dropped out of the race after failing to secure the Democratic Party endorsement.
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- "Evolution debate experiences resurgence in Texas". April 13, 2005.
Students should be critical of all scientific theories," said L. Aron Nelson, a paleontology student from Dallas with an extensive knowledge of evolutionary evidence. "You have to be, or it isn't science. But the theory of evolution is actually better-supported than the current theory of gravity, and children shouldn't be misled to be doubtful of the best-supported theories we have.
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Aron Ra is a prominent opponent of the teaching of creationism. The 27 videos in his YouTube series, "Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism," have combined for more than four million views on the site. He also serves as the Texas director of the American Atheists
- "Live-Blogging the Texas Science Textbook Hearing (2013)". Texas Freedom Network. September 17, 2013.
Now the board hears from science defender (and YouTube sensation) Aron Ra, who attempts a 2-minute science lesson. No questions from the class.
- Eugenie Scott (September 18, 2013). "There They Go Again (Of Necessity)". National Center for Science Education.
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- AronRa (May 25, 2017), How Zoology Disproves Noahs Flood, retrieved November 6, 2018
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- Hemant Mehta (November 29, 2016). "Aron Ra's New Book Tackles the Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism". Patheos. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
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- [YouTube Atheists and Battling Online SJW Haters: An Interview with Aron Ra] by SINCERE KIRABO, 18 MAY 2016, Thehumanist.com
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