A Group for Atheist Parents in Chicago

We talk a lot about how to get minorities involved in our groups — but atheist parents of young children are a minority that often gets ignored. A lot of local atheist/skeptic meetings take place in bars, but you can’t bring your children there. There may be conferences you want to attend, but you’d have [Read More…]

What Do You Do When Your Kids Are Indoctrinated Against Your Will?

The scenario: Donald‘s wife dropped their kids off with her parents for a week. (A mini-vacation. Yay!) But grandma knows Donald and his wife are atheists… (Damn sinners.) So she knows exactly what she’s going to do with the grandkids: Send them to a weeklong Vacation Bible School. Donald talks about his concern: … no [Read More…]

How to Teach Your Child About Religion

Jenny Lawson (a.k.a. The Bloggess) is always entertaining to read, but this piece about her daughter and religion is especially awesome. A few weeks ago [my daughter] entered the Sunday School contest for “Make-your-own-Armor-of-God” with a sword she made from cardboard and tinfoil. She won. When I asked why she wasn’t more excited about it, [Read More…]

Guessing a Number to Win a Cross

Dale McGowan tells a story in which his knowledge of the Bible works against him in a contest. The setup: At his wife’s (super religious) family reunion, a Baptist minister was asking everyone in the audience to guess a number to win a prize. He gave away t-shirts and pins… Then came the finale. With [Read More…]

Ask Richard: Atheist Husband and Father Continues to Go to Church

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, I’m married to a strong (and sweet) Christian woman. Since we’ve been married, I’ve realized that I’m an atheist. I’ve tried explaining this to her a couple times, but her belief in God is so natural to her that it never really sinks [Read More…]