Ask Richard: My Six-Year-Old Son is an Outspoken Atheist

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, I’m not usually the sort to ask for advice this way, but I’ve come up against a situation where I could use some input. My son is six years old and in his class at school, as is typical, almost all the kids [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Atheist Sons and their Mothers Part 3 of 3: The Hindu Apostate

In recognition of upcoming Mother’s Day, this is the third in a trio of letters I received from three young men who come from Muslim, Jewish, and Hindu backgrounds respectively. Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Sir, I am 17 years old and I was raised in an extremely religious Hindu [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Atheist Sons and Their Mothers, Part 2 of 3: The Jewish Apostate

In recognition of upcoming Mother’s Day, this is the second in a trio of letters I received from three young men who come from Muslim, Jewish and Hindu backgrounds respectively. Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Hi Richard, Writing to you here as someone who grew up strictly orthodox. Not only [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Atheist Sons and Their Mothers Part 1 of 3: The Muslim Apostate

In recognition of upcoming Mother’s Day, this is the first of a trio of letters I received from three different young men who come from Muslim, Jewish, and Hindu backgrounds respectively. Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, I am 22 years old, and I have deeply religious Muslim parents [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Young Atheist’s Friendship Challenged by Attempts to Save Her Soul

Note: The names in this letter are changed to protect people’s privacy. Dear Richard, I am an eighteen-year-old atheist high school student. I would consider myself “semi-out” as many of my friends know of my atheism but most of my relatives do not. (My older brother is also an atheist, and we are both waiting [Read More...]


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