Ask Richard: How Was Church on Sunday, Richard?

I went to church yesterday.

Don’t worry, I’m still your friendly neighborhood atheist, and “neighborhood” is the operating term here. I’m literally the friendly neighborhood atheist because back in February two families right on my street were in the audience when I first spoke publicly as an atheist at the Master’s College. Everyone on the block knows, and so far, things are still friendly, but I must do more in the wider neighborhood of my home town:

Since starting the “Ask Richard” column three years ago, I’ve received hundreds of letters from atheists facing difficult conflicts with their religious co-workers, friends, and most often their families. Some of their stories are sad, frustrating, or infuriating, and some are downright appalling. They can be heartbreaking because the strife and suffering is so often unnecessary. The particular issues and situations in the letters vary, but one overriding theme hovers above almost all of them: The co-workers, friends, and families react to the atheist with fear, anger, hurt, and rejection because they believe the stereotypes, misconceptions, and outright lies about atheists that are heard and repeated, heard and repeated, with no one to challenge them, no one to say, “Hey, that is not actually true about atheists.”

Well, I’m tired of only responding to these letters, only being reactive, trying to fix messes that could have been prevented. I want to get out ahead of the letters, be proactive, and bring accurate information to the religious public about atheists before these families explode, before so much love is needlessly thrown away.
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Edward Tarte Discusses His Relationship with a Devout Catholic Family

Be sure to check out Edward’s YouTube and Facebook pages!

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A Christian Apologizes for Atheist Monument Vandalism (Which She Had Nothing To Do With)

She didn’t vandalize the American Atheists bench in Bradford County, Florida, but I thought this was a wonderful gesture from a Christian:

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What Was It Like at a Megachurch?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, answers the question: What was it like speaking at a megachurch?

(You can read more about my visit here and here.)

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Kansas City Atheists Will Battle Local Christians in a Volleyball Game with Proceeds Going to Charity

The Kansas City Atheist Coalition will complete against members of the Abundant Life Baptist Church this weekend in a volleyball match with all proceeds going to a worthy cause:

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