Ask Richard: Should I Feign Converting to Judaism to Keep Peace in the Family?

Dear Richard, I’m in a long-term relationship with a man raised in a modern Orthodox Jewish family. He and I are atheists happy to participate in Jewish culture, but lacking any interest in the spiritual side of things. His parents are both very observant. His mom converted before marrying his dad, and now runs a [Read More…]

National Atheist Awareness Day

A couple of atheists would like to designate September 6th as a day for atheists to wear the A symbol and show others that we exist: Showing your support will only require a blank shirt and a red marker. We won’t have to go out and force our beliefs on others, we will simply wear [Read More…]

Ask Richard: Atheist Asked to Include Religion When Performing a Wedding Ceremony

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Richard, I am an open and outgoing atheist. Years ago, as a joke, I got an online ordainment just to be able to tell people I can perform weddings. — but now one of my friends is taking me up on that claim. She and [Read More…]

Ask Richard: Indonesian Atheist Wants to Be Open About Her Views

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, I am a 24-year-old atheist living in the largest Muslim country in the world, Indonesia. The version of Islam here is much more relaxed (in general) than the extremism we see so much in the Middle East, but even non-religious people aren’t generally [Read More…]

Ask Richard: Atheist is Asked to Be a Godparent

Hey Richard- I’m a 24-year old atheist living in the mountains of Colorado. My immediate family recognizes me as an atheist, but few family members beyond that know about my beliefs. I live in a younger community and many of my friends have similar beliefs to my own. My identification with atheism is not something [Read More…]