Ask Richard: Tension and Manipulation Over Prayers at the Dinner Table

Don wrote a very long and candid letter which I have edited here for space reasons. I have kept the details that I believe are pertinent to the challenge he describes: Hi Richard! I’ve been following your new posts on The Friendly Atheist site for a couple weeks now. You have a great gift of [Read More…]

A Wrap-Up of Camp Quest Texas

A couple weeks ago, I mentioned that there would be a one-day Camp Quest held in Texas. It was a rousing success! (Kudos go to camp director Amie Parsons!) And it got some positive media coverage: If that was the reception after a one-day camp, I can’t wait to see what happens when it expands [Read More…]

Starting a Camp Quest in Texas

If you build it, they will come. Amie Parsons, an atheist, couldn’t find any good summer camp for her child to go to, so she began a Camp Quest of her own! “It’s just a camp, for kids, who want to have a camp experience without having the religious dogma placed upon them,” she said. [Read More…]

How to Teach Children About God

Children are prone to ask questions like this: 4-year-old boy: Mom, is God real? The mom’s response is entertaining. Better than forcing an answer onto the child as if it were true, I suppose. (Thanks to Justin for the link!) [Read more…]

Should You Hide the Truth About Santa Claus?

A reader (K) recently had a conversation in which Santa Claus came up. K said that Santa Claus wasn’t real. It wasn’t a big deal or anything at the time, but she worries about what would’ve happened if other parents were around, heard it, and complained. What if their children were present? K writes: My [Read More…]