Ask Richard: Atheist Mother: My Daughter is Going to Church

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, I have read with great interest your advice to atheist teens coming out to their theist families, and I wonder if you have any advice to someone in the opposite situation. I am an atheist parent trying to deal with my college sophomore [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Atheist Teen Endures an Oppressive, Cultish Family

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, I’m a 17 year old atheist who came out to his parents about 6 months ago. My parents were shocked to hear it. They didn’t know what to do. My parents are extremely fundamentalist Christians. Its more of a cultish Christianity. Women must [Read More...]

The Secular Therapist Project Reaches a Milestone: 100 Therapists

Mental disorders, emotional problems, and relationship problems are experienced by theists and atheists alike. I have received many letters to the “Ask Richard” column from atheists who have sought counseling for such difficulties, but the counselors they went to started telling them to “get right with God,” or similar religious nonsense. They had not advertised [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Asperger’s Syndrome Complicates Some Common Problems of Coming Out

A Plethora of Problems Dear Richard, I am a senior in high school, and, unknown to nearly everyone, I’m an atheist. My parents don’t know, most of my closest friends don’t know, and no one at Church knows. I was not very diligent about covering my ideas early on in my atheism, and this makes [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Telling My Daughters Their Father Committed Suicide

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. I need help so much. My ex husband committed suicide on New Year’s. Our two daughters, age 9 and 12 were told he died. I don’t know how to tell them that he committed suicide. Some people have said not to tell them, but they [Read More...]


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