Ask Richard: What Do I Offer My Kids For Comfort and Assurance?

Hello, I have so much I would love to say and don’t know where to begin. I was raised by a single father who happens to be gay. He left my mother when I was very young due to her poor parenting skills. While growing up I went to a Roman Catholic church. I am [Read More...]

What Would You Include in a Secular “Baptism” Ceremony?

I received an email from a father on behalf of his wife and 14-month-old daughter. They never baptized their baby and the grandparents are not too happy: … I find the idea of something as innocent as a baby needing to be cleansed and purified of the sins of her (non-existent) ancient ancestors through an [Read More...]

Too Soon To Learn About Santa Claus?

Two days in a row dealing with one-year-old babies. Hmm…. Reader Jay and his friend are both atheists. The friend’s daughter is turning 1 and he plans to eventually teach his daughter to be skeptical of the world around her and to “not have religion blinders on” as she grows up. Sounds like a plan, [Read More...]

How Do Atheists Celebrate the Birth of a Baby?

Reader Jonna had a baby a year ago, but she was also moving into a new house at the time and never had a baby shower or any sort of party when the baby was born. Now, her daughter is turning 1 and she’d like to celebrate. … There has never been any kind of [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Praying at the Table Breaks an Engagement

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. I will try to make this short; I am a non-believer (atheist). I recently got engaged to get married with the mother (Christian) of my son, I have known her for over 3 years. She as always known that I am an atheist, and our [Read More...]


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