A Farewell to Beloved Children’s Author (and Atheist) Maurice Sendak

The great Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are, died yesterday at the age of 83. The Illini Secular Student Alliance reminds us of this excerpt from an interview he did with NPR’s Fresh Air in 2003: “I am not a religious person, nor do I have any regrets. The war took care [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Should I Come Out to My Dying Father?

Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, I met you once when Hemant spoke at an atheist group. I shared that I had become an atheist during college, thanks to some wonderful classes and professors, but that I had been raised in Evangelical Christianity, and I was still not out [Read More...]

Chuck Colson Is Dead… Let’s Remember Some of the Things He Said

Chuck Colson is dead. He was 80. He died of a brain hemorrhage (cue inevitable comments from people shocked that he had a brain in the first place). A lot of the obituaries you’re going to see about him over the next day or two will focus on his connection to Richard Nixon and Watergate. [Read More...]

Pastor Spends Funeral Service Disrespecting the Deceased and Promoting Christianity

I’ve had a friend commit suicide. And, like most everybody, I’ve been to several funerals. Even the religious ones I’ve attended tend to focus on the life that was lived and how the person is now “in a better place.” Bullshit, no doubt, but comforting, uplifting bullshit for the people who buy into it. Rebecca [Read More...]

Roger Ebert on Death

Roger Ebert writes about death so poetically. (With no mention of an afterlife because you don’t get one.) And now my friend’s wife and the newspaperman have both passed away. Early one morning, unable to sleep, I roamed my memories of them. Of an endless series of dinners, and brunches, and poker games, and jokes, [Read More...]


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