Ask Richard: A Young Atheist, a Baha’i Egyptian Girl, and Her Father

Note: When letter writers sign with their first names instead of a pseudonym or nickname, I randomly change their name for added anonymity. Dear Richard, I have been seeing an Egyptian girl of the Baha’i faith for about one year. It has gotten serious enough that she decided to tell her father that she was [Read More...]

More Teachers in Trouble

It’s hard enough being a teacher when your private life can come back to haunt you. It’s happened to me before and I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened again in the future. Take a look at these recent stories: … Jarretta Hamilton was a teacher at Southland Christian School in St. Cloud, Florida. She [Read More...]

Buddhism Isn’t More Enlightened Than Other Faiths

Maybe certain religious beliefs are silly, but Buddhism’s ok, right? I’ve heard that line several times before… The problem is that Buddhism is still rife with superstition: Just as with Jainism, we’re talking about a religion/philosophy that buys into karma and reincarnation. Neither one is violent, to be sure, but they’re still making up stories [Read More...]

Secular Student Alliance Represented at the White House Again!

A couple months ago, I was among the delegation from the Secular Student Alliance at a meeting with White House officials. A couple days ago, the SSA’s Executive Director August Brunsman was there again, this time to discuss interfaith service projects on college campuses. (Greg Epstein, Harvard’s Humanist Chaplain, was there as well.) “Our inclusion [Read More...]

How to Get Out of Taking a Math Test

I’ll be honest… if any of my students presented this to me, I’d probably honor it: (via Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster) [Read more...]


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