Ask Richard: Anticipating a Religious Funeral for a Gay Secular Humanist

Last week, an old college friend of mine died. He was only 32 years old. When I met him, he was a Christian and over the course of our friendship, he became a Secular Humanist. He also came out of the closet as a gay man. His family is still really religious and I have [Read More...]

Why Does This Have to Be the New Yorker’s Cover?

This is the cover of the latest issue of the New Yorker: Ok, I “get” the image. I know it’s not about Steve Jobs‘ faith and that it’s about his products’ omnipresence. I know the image is a “universally understood” icon of the afterlife. Still, does anyone else find it disrespectful that Jobs, a Buddhist [Read More...]

We’ve Lost a Good One

28-year-old Dustin Finney described himself as a “firebrand atheist.” He was a student at Portland Community College, active in local skeptics/atheist groups, and an occasional commenter on this site, too. He was on the board of the Columbia Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Dustin died in a hit-and-run accident in [Read More...]

Handling Someone’s Death with Dignity

Reddit user hecatin heard that a friend’s mom passed away. In the midst of people saying (on Facebook) that they’d pray for the friend’s family, hecatin offered something different and poignant: Beautiful. To paraphrase some commenters on Reddit, I’m going to remember that line… but I hope I never have to use it. (Thanks to [Read More...]

Grief Beyond Belief

For atheists who need some support after experienced the death of a loved one, there’s a new Facebook group that could offer some help: Grief Beyond Belief. Grief Beyond Belief provides a safe space for atheists and other non-religious people to share and process the death of a loved one. Because bereavement is sometimes the [Read More...]


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