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...]

Ask Richard: Grieving Atheist Responds to “He’s in Heaven Now.”

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, Almost a year ago, my cousin killed himself. We were very close and I am still grieving for him. At the time, almost everyone in the family talked about how he was up in heaven with our (mutual) grandmother. This was particularly poignant, [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Former Catholic Wife Cannot Hide Her Atheism Any Longer

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, I am married to a Catholic spouse. When we were married, I was Catholic too, but became an atheist about 10 years ago. I kept my nonreligious belief to myself for fear of backlash from my husband. A couple of years ago, though, [Read More...]

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...]


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