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…]

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…]