Ask Richard: Atheist Sons and their Mothers Part 3 of 3: The Hindu Apostate

In recognition of upcoming Mother’s Day, this is the third in a trio of letters I received from three young men who come from Muslim, Jewish, and Hindu backgrounds respectively. Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Sir, I am 17 years old and I was raised in an extremely religious Hindu [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Atheist Sons and Their Mothers, Part 2 of 3: The Jewish Apostate

In recognition of upcoming Mother’s Day, this is the second in a trio of letters I received from three young men who come from Muslim, Jewish and Hindu backgrounds respectively. Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Hi Richard, Writing to you here as someone who grew up strictly orthodox. Not only [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Atheist Sons and Their Mothers Part 1 of 3: The Muslim Apostate

In recognition of upcoming Mother’s Day, this is the first of a trio of letters I received from three different young men who come from Muslim, Jewish, and Hindu backgrounds respectively. Note: Letter writers’ names are changed to protect their privacy. Dear Richard, I am 22 years old, and I have deeply religious Muslim parents [Read More...]

Can Atheists Please Be Represented in the Boston Interfaith Service on Thursday?

I just heard on the news that President Obama will attend an interfaith service for the Boston bombing victims and their families on Thursday, April 18th. My thoughts immediately went to the Newtown interfaith service shortly after the Sandy Hook massacre there, and how humanists, atheists, and freethinkers were not represented. I haven’t been able to find out if that was because no group asked to be included, or if they did ask but were turned away.

Nevertheless, I think it would be a very good thing for a Boston-based secular group to at least ask to be included to make some remarks, so that we nonbelievers can add our voice to the support of those who have been harmed. This happens to fall on National Ask an Atheist Day, so it seems to me to be all the more appropriate that nonbelievers be included.

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Ask Richard: Young Atheist’s Friendship Challenged by Attempts to Save Her Soul

Note: The names in this letter are changed to protect people’s privacy. Dear Richard, I am an eighteen-year-old atheist high school student. I would consider myself “semi-out” as many of my friends know of my atheism but most of my relatives do not. (My older brother is also an atheist, and we are both waiting [Read More...]


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