Ask Richard: Gay Atheist Insulted and Harassed by Three Family Members

Richard, I’ve been out as gay and atheist for quite a while now. I have a steady relationship with someone, and almost my entire family, which is entirely Catholic, has taken it in stride very well. However, my oldest sister and her husband and my grandfather are the complete opposite. They refuse to acknowledge my [Read More…]

Ask Richard: Former Muslim Atheist Ponders Coming Out to Her Best Friend

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Hi Richard, I come from a sort-of liberal Muslim background (liberal in the sense my mum doesn’t make us pray or makes me wear a headscarf). I’ve doubted religion ever since I was young but because I wasn’t “allowed” to leave Islam, I’ve acted every [Read More…]

Ask Richard: My Friend is Questioning Her Faith

Note: All the names and a few details in this letter are changed to protect peoples’ privacy. Hey Richard, I’m a 15-year-old Atheist from a town just outside of a mid-size city in Colorado. My parents are both atheists, and religion was never really talked about when I was growing up. It wasn’t ignored, but [Read More…]

Ask Richard: My Parents Expect Me to Sponsor My Sister’s Confirmation

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, I was a Catholic, but when I made my confirmation last year I was already an atheist. That felt extremely wrong to me; the other teenagers that were making theirs believed and it was a big deal to them, but to me it [Read More…]

Ask Richard: Atheist Discovers She’s Working in a Christian Company

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Hi Richard! My husband and I have recently moved from a small town in the bible belt famous for its wholesome, christian values to probably the most liberal college town in the state, which isn’t saying much. Before we moved I made sure I had [Read More…]


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