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…]

A Positive Story about Indonesian Atheists

There’s a nice article making the rounds dealing with atheists in Indonesia, a country where you’re apparently free to choose your own religion, as long as you believe in a god: Embedded within Indonesia’s constitution are the following two lines: “all persons have the right to worship according to their own religion or belief” and [Read More…]

Ask Richard: Religious Blackmail Part 1 of 2: Emotional

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, I grew up Catholic and my parents are pretty devout Catholics. I was skeptical for a long time, but I finally called myself an atheist after I had been living by myself at college. I haven’t had the guts to tell them this, [Read More…]

Ask Richard: Facebook, Friends and Filters

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, I will be attending a Catholic college in a few months and as an Atheist I have to admit I almost didn’t go simply for this reason, but I desperately wanted to be a part of a major program they offer, and the [Read More…]

The Atheist Ministers Still Working in a Church

Earlier this year, Daniel Dennett and Linda LaScola put out a report about pastors who were still in the pulpit but who no longer believed in a god. Last night, ABC News did a report on a couple of their subjects. The video’s not up on their site as I write this, but it should [Read More…]


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