Ask Richard: Teen Troubled by Mother’s Anxiety About His Atheism

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. I recently came out to my parents (I am 17). My father handled it well enough and we had a good discussion on the matter. My mother, on the other hand, not so much. When we talked she told me about what she was like [Read More…]

Our Night at a Christian ‘Marriage Symposium’

This is a guest post by readers Heather and Rod. Along with their respective partners, both attended a recent “Marriage Symposium” (PDF) sponsored by the Illinois Family Institute and Patriots United — undercover, on my behalf. Their reports are below, with Heather in regular font and Rod in red font. … When I heard that [Read More…]

Richard Dawkins’ Introduction Honoring Christopher Hitchens

Over the weekend, at the Texas Freethought Convention/Atheist Alliance of America convention, Richard Dawkins presented the award named after him to Christopher Hitchens. More on Hitch’s acceptance is here. For now, we have the text of Dawkins’ introduction (and a bit of video): He is a debater, who will kick the stuffing out of a [Read More…]

Richard Dawkins is Banned by the Wyndgate Country Club in Michigan

You know, if your country club is fortunate enough to host Richard Dawkins, you ought to offer a discount to his publishers. He’s going to draw a huge crowd, talk about the importance of science education, and get your company a lot of free (positive) publicity. If you’re afraid he’s going to offend religious clients, [Read More…]

Let’s Raise $5,000 for Charity: Water

Here’s your feel-good story of the day: The Atheist Community of Tulsa was on a mission to raise $5,000 for Charity: Water (a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations) beginning in June… Millions are good without God. Are you? In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every [Read More…]