Why is This Relevant?

Hey everyone, this is Ron Gold checking in: There have been a string of arson attacks against churches this year in Texas, which is obviously horrible. Happily, it looks like the ordeal is over, as the suspected perpetrators were arrested last Sunday. I’m curious to learn what their motivation was, but since many details have [Read More...]

Ask Richard: My Brother-in-Law is Deconverting While Fighting in Iraq

Note: When letter writers sign with their first names instead of a pseudonym or nickname, I randomly change their name for added anonymity. My name is Aaron and I’ve been an atheist for almost 1 and a half years. I’m almost 25 and was raised my entire life in a fundamentalist Christian church. I married [Read More...]

Can You Get a Refund on a Tithe?

For ten years when he was younger, reader Brody gave a tithe — 10% of every gift and paycheck went directly back to his church. Since he was in his teens most of that time, that amounted to only one or two thousand dollars. But still, that’s money that could have been better used elsewhere. [Read More...]

Thanks for your help!

About a month ago I posted here asking for y’all’s help on a research paper I was doing on atheists’ experiences as outsiders here in America. It was for a seminary class on “outsider” religious groups in America, and my hope for the paper was to persuade my professor to include a segment on atheists [Read More...]

The Secular Coalition for America’s Briefing with the Obama Administration

Occasionally, certain groups will get briefed by the White House on issues relating to their interests. This happens for environmental groups, health groups, and even religious groups. But never an atheist group… until tomorrow. Friday morning, surrounded by representatives from various national atheist organizations as part of the Secular Coalition for America, we will be [Read More...]