Ask Richard: Young Atheist Considers Coming Out to His Grandparents

Note: When letter writers sign with their first names instead of a pseudonym or nickname, I randomly change their name for added anonymity. Hey Richard, I’m in the 9th grade and I’ve been reading and commenting on Friendly Atheist for several months. You and I have had some good conversations here. Thank you for taking [Read More...]

Who’s the Ex-Mormon of the Year?

PZ‘s not winning this poll, but it’s ok, because all the nominees are worthy! … the Mormon Alumni Association is here to remedy the situation with a brand-new yearly award for the X-Mormon who has made the biggest impact!!! The list of former Mormons (Formons?) includes Mr. Deity, Dustin Lance Black (screenwriter of Milk), and [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Atheist Nursing Students Treated as Pariahs by Fellow Students

Hello Richard! I’m currently enrolled in nursing school in a college with no particular religious affiliation, but I seem to be having an existential crisis. My lab partner and I gave a (if I do say so myself) well thought out and very neutral presentation on the roles of spirituality in nursing. As a nurse [Read More...]

Ask Richard: A Concerned Mother Asks Atheists About Her Teen Daughter’s Atheism

Note: When letter writers sign with their first names instead of a pseudonym or nickname, I randomly change their name for added anonymity. Hello Richard, I found your site while looking for help for my daughter, and you seem to be an expert. My sixteen year old daughter just told me she was an atheist. [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Teen Atheist Suffers Her Parents’ Fear and Prejudice

Note to readers: The letter writer did not sign a name. To facilitate comments about her, I have given her the name Alice. It means truthful and noble. Just call her Alice without quotation marks. The name fits. Dear Richard, I’m a female high school senior living with my parents. Earlier this year I became [Read More...]


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