Ask Richard: Young Atheist and His Family Speak Different Languages

Greetings Richard, I am 17 years old. I have been professing Atheism for about 3-4 years now but have only recently ‘come out of the closet’ to my family, who are Protestant Christians. Even as a child, I remember distinctly my questioning of the faith was met with repression for not obeying god’s word. I [Read More…]

Ask Richard: Advice For a Freethinker Entering Middle School

Dear Richard, What advice would you offer to a young freethinker about to start her first year of middle school? Best regards, A Freethinking Mom Middle School Too soon, too soon, childhood dies, Too far away adulthood lies. The long, perplexing in-between Can be so tender and so mean. No longer boy, but not yet [Read More…]

Why Atheist Outreach is So Important

There are many reasons it’s so important to have ever-expanding atheist outreach. One of the biggest is that it encourages people to come out of the closet. Reader Melissa sent me this email that I wanted to share: First, I came out to the evangelicals who came to my door last Easter. It was actually [Read More…]

Ask Richard: An Atheist Hesitates to Visit a Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Dear Richard, I have been an atheist for several years now. I have three younger children, all under the age of ten. I grew up a fundamentalist Christian in a “spirit filled” evangelical church. Everyone I have ever known was a Christian. I live in a small town and the closest group of atheists is [Read More…]

Ask Richard: Atheist Gets Entangled in a Church

Note: When letter writers sign with their first names instead of a pseudonym or nickname, I randomly change their name for added anonymity. Is it dangerous to join a church out of pure social interest? This weekend, I attended a very small conservative church with a friend of mine. The women wear scarves over their [Read More…]