Ask Richard: Atheist Muslima in Europe Feels Trapped by Family Ties

Note to readers: I usually don’t publish letters that are this long, but this letter is so poignant, so articulate, and so thorough that I couldn’t bring myself to shorten or paraphrase it. It depicts dilemmas similar to those that young atheists from devout families face in the U.S, but the main difference is the [Read More…]

Ask Richard: Not-Quite-An-Atheist Seeks to Clarify His Beliefs

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Hi Richard. I just stumbled across your site a couple hours ago and have been reading your Ask Richard articles and I thought maybe you could help me. I am not quite an atheist, but I am close. I don’t believe any religions have it [Read More…]

The Impact of the New Atheists a Decade After 9/11

There’s an article by Kimberly Winston of Religion News Service making the rounds about how 9/11 was a major spark for the New Atheism movement. It’s the event that led Sam Harris to write The End of Faith, and that book was followed by several others: Published in 2004, Harris’s “The End of Faith” launched [Read More…]

‘We Are Atheism’ Campaign Launches

One of the hardest (and most important) things we can do as atheists is come out of the closet and let people know what we stand on the god hypothesis. We’ve seen studies that show that prejudice against atheists decreases as people know (or even just think) there are more of us out there. We’ve [Read More…]

Ask Richard: New Teacher Considers Starting Atheist Group in Small Town

Richard, I am a father of two pre-school age children. I have just gotten a teaching job in a very small town (under 4,000 people) in a very isolated area (2 hour drive to find a bigger town). The town is exceedingly Christian. The local Yellow Pages lists dozens of Christian churches in the surrounding [Read More…]