My grandfather recently died. He was old — 91 — and had Parkinson’s disease. His physical well-being had declined over the years and it had been hard to watch, especially because he was still very mentally sharp. My grandfather was a retired professor and one of the smartest people I’d ever known. He, like the [Read More…]
Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. I need help so much. My ex husband committed suicide on New Year’s. Our two daughters, age 9 and 12 were told he died. I don’t know how to tell them that he committed suicide. Some people have said not to tell them, but they [Read More…]
On MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, an Atheist Talks About the Non-Religious Response to the Newtown Massacre
Yesterday, on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry (guest hosted by Joy Reid), one of the guests was friend-of-the-blog Chris Stedman to talk about the importance of including atheists in “interfaith” efforts as well as the problem of religious figures blaming the tragedy on the notion of church/state separation (“You kicked God out of school! No wonder he’s not protecting us!”)…
Chris begins speaking around the 6:30 mark in the first video and 2:11 in the second video: [Read more…]
In periods following great tragedy, like we saw at Newtown, churches provide a lot of comfort, albeit with their wishful statements that the victims are in a better place or that this was all part of God’s plan.
Atheists don’t have the luxury of false hope. But that makes it hard to cope with loss. It’s even harder when you’re trying to explain death to children without invoking the supernatural.