Ask Richard: My Zealous Catholic Parents Are Indoctrinating My Kids

Hi Richard, I just found your site recently, and am finding it very helpful. Having been raised a guilt-stricken Catholic, it took me a long time to tell my parents that I no longer ascribe to the faith. My husband actually broke the news, as they are very loud and demeaning to me when they [Read More…]

Ask Richard: Should I Help My Boyfriend Fool His Parents, or Not?

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Richard, I always thought that I had it pretty easy as an atheist and that I’d never have to write one of these e-mails, but I guess I’ve made it to my first big atheist milestone. I’m a sophomore in college and I’ve been an [Read More…]

Ricky Gervais’ Atheistic Holiday Message

I don’t know what prompted a Wall Street Journal blog of all places to print this, but I’m thrilled they did. Comedian Ricky Gervais has an essay on why he became an atheist, what that means for him, and how he has to deal with theists who confront him about it: I was sitting at [Read More…]

Ask Richard: Should Unsuccessful Atheists Stay in the Closet?

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Should unsuccessful atheists stay in the closet? Assuming that an atheist is unsuccessful in life, should that person refrain from being outspoken about his/her atheism? I’ve recently heard multiple prominent atheists say that one way to improve the way in which theists view atheists is [Read More…]

Ask Richard: Religious Blackmail Part 2 of 2: Financial

“He who complies against his will Is of his own opinion still.” ~Samuel Butler (1612-1680) Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Richard, I know you get a lot of emails about people having difficulty reconciling their atheism and their parents, but I need your advice. My family is heavily religious (Christian) [Read More…]


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