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…]

Ask Richard: Atheist Considers Chaperoning a Church Wilderness Trip

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, I have been recently asked to chaperone a former pastor’s youth group canoeing wilderness trip. I do not attend his church but have always kept in contact with him after leaving the church of my youth because he is just plainly an excellent [Read More…]

Ask Richard: My Friend’s Religiosity Is Becoming More Strange

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, I’ve been an atheist since the 7th grade, and now I’m a junior in college. I’ve never been that great at making friends, and my one really close friend at school is quite possibly the most religious person I’ve ever met. The second [Read More…]

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…]