Ask Richard: Religious Blackmail Part 1 of 2: Emotional

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, I grew up Catholic and my parents are pretty devout Catholics. I was skeptical for a long time, but I finally called myself an atheist after I had been living by myself at college. I haven’t had the guts to tell them this, [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Facebook, Friends and Filters

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, I will be attending a Catholic college in a few months and as an Atheist I have to admit I almost didn’t go simply for this reason, but I desperately wanted to be a part of a major program they offer, and the [Read More...]

The Atheist Ministers Still Working in a Church

Earlier this year, Daniel Dennett and Linda LaScola put out a report about pastors who were still in the pulpit but who no longer believed in a god. Last night, ABC News did a report on a couple of their subjects. The video’s not up on their site as I write this, but it should [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Should I Accept a Scholarship from My Mother’s Church?

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, I am an atheist and I attend a state funded university. My family is not poor, nor are we rich, we are just in the middle. My mom has inherited too much money for us to qualify for any financial aid or scholarships. [Read More...]

Ask Richard: I Came Out as Gay, But I’m Afraid to Come Out as an Atheist

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Hi Richard, I’m a 25 year old gay male atheist. I’ve been an atheist for quite a while despite being raised as a church attending Christian. I grew up in a mostly liberal Methodist church where my family (myself included) is very active and involved. [Read More...]


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