February 7, 2020

In 2013, Junaid Hafeez was arrested in Pakistan for insulting the prophet of Islam. HE WAS SENTENCED TO DEATH. DEATH. Unfortunately, he’s nowhere near the only one. Many of these men and women have only just been critical of the national religion in their country. Many of them are considered blasphemers just for being atheist and being honest about it. In 40+ countries, you can be charged and sentenced for blasphemy. In many of those countries, atheism is considered blasphemy…. Read more

February 6, 2020

I received this email over the weekend, which I will keep anonymous, Even though I no longer believe I still find myself AFRAID of Hell.  It was beaten into me for so many years it is like a fear that I am finding difficult to shake. So my question is what advice could you give me to get over this fear.  Maybe you could do a blog on this topic.  It is so difficult to get over this very real… Read more

February 3, 2020

I got this note on Facebook Messenger: Hey GM, I was wondering if you had any advice for me. I have a 15-year-old son who, up until recently, attended church with his father (my ex). This was one of the many things that he stopped engaging in when he began to feel depressed. He has stopped doing his schoolwork altogether, has trouble getting out of bed, wears the same clothes every day without showering. He won’t do his chores. About… Read more

January 17, 2020

Last night, I got to sit down and talk with Ali Rizvi on the Secular Jihadists podcast. One of the topics we discussed was the fact that I was raised in a secular household. I explained to him that I grew up ignorant of the fact that people suffered for leaving their religion. I didn’t grasp to what degree that was true until I’d been writing the Godless Mom blog for some time. It honestly came as a shock to… Read more

January 8, 2020

The height of my science “career” was making paper maché volcanos in grade two that erupted in a pungent, vinegary mess. I mean, I took bio in high school, and I passed, and I was super interested. I just wasn’t as interested in that as I was, say, my boyfriend’s dimples or maybe the latest Pearl Jam album. I’ll put it to you this way: science blows my mind, but my understanding of it is about the same level of… Read more

January 6, 2020

Kisembo Benezeri is likely a name you’ve never heard before. But you should. He’s just little, I think about 7 or 8 years old. I don’t know when he lost his parents, but he has lost them both to HIV/AIDS and now has to live with an uncle. Kisembo is a student at the Bizoha Orphanage School in Uganda, one of the campuses of the Kasese Humanist School.  That’s right. I said humanist school. In Uganda. In a country where… Read more

December 16, 2019

I have only been an auntie for one year. My niece was born in Spain last December and has since travelled more than most people do in their lifetimes. Her Daddy, my brother, works for a travel company and has never stopped travelling since my parents took him and me around the world when we were kids.  My brother is passionate about animal rights and the environment, to the same degree as I am about human rights and religious freedom…. Read more

December 11, 2019

This post is a guest post submitted to me by Lauren Smith about how she finally gave herself permission to doubt. If you would like to be a guest blogger for me, drop me a line at mommy@godlessmom.com. At the time of the incident, my faith had already begun to stray. I had too many questions and doubts that had been explained insufficiently by fellow Christians whose answers always differed but offered the same “just have faith” solutions. These discrepancies… Read more

December 10, 2019

Happy holidays and Merry Christmas, heathens. I know this is a little bit late, but if you read my previous post, you’ll know why. Things are slowly getting back to normal, and so it is time to pick winners for the MisreadBible giveaway. I asked you to share with me some of your favourite religious jokes, and you did not disappoint. Here are some of my favourites. From tatortotcassie: Several centuries ago, the Pope decreed that all the Jews had… Read more

December 5, 2019

I was fifteen. I’d just come back from living in Australia for a year, and travelling around the South Pacific and Southeast Asia. Looking back on this year, I feel incredibly lucky, but at the time, it was difficult. An already shy person, I had trouble making friends quickly enough to have an impact on just one year. I was picked on and bullied by people at my school who hated Americans, even though I held a Canadian passport. Puberty… Read more

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