Ask Richard: Teen Atheist Suffers Her Parents’ Fear and Prejudice

Note to readers: The letter writer did not sign a name. To facilitate comments about her, I have given her the name Alice. It means truthful and noble. Just call her Alice without quotation marks. The name fits. Dear Richard, I’m a female high school senior living with my parents. Earlier this year I became [Read More...]

Ask Richard: My Parents Don’t Take My Atheism Seriously

Hi Richard, I’m 22 years old and a recent college graduate. Unfortunately, with the state the economy is in, I’m having problems finding a job, so I had to take up residence with my parents. While neither my parents or I have a problem with this arrangement, I’m finding some of the things they believe [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Atheist Despairs for Love and Respect from Her Mormon Family

Note: When letter writers sign with their first names instead of a pseudonym or nickname, I randomly change their name for added anonymity. Hello Richard, Thank you for taking the time to read my email, I sincerely hope that you are able to answer it. My situation is this, my fiancé and I are both [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Critical Mass: Atheists Facing the Unwelcome Christmas Ritual

I received two letters dealing with a similar holiday time quandary, going to Christmas Mass for the sake of the family, and so I am combining them in this post. Note: When letter writers sign with their first names instead of a pseudonym or nickname, I randomly change their name for added anonymity. Dear Richard, [Read More...]

Ask Richard: A Biologist Silent in the Face of Her Uncle’s Teaching Against Evolution

Note: When letter writers sign with their first name instead of a pseudonym, I randomly change their name to give them another layer of privacy. Hi Richard, I’m writing in because of a bit of a family happening I came upon this weekend while at my grandma’s 90th birthday celebration. To give you a bit [Read More...]


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