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Ask Mommy: My 3 Year Old Is Praying, What Do I Do?

Child prayer atheist

Another atheist parent send me a question this week, I’m atheist born into a Catholic family. I was raised Catholic. I have a daughter now, who I am raising without religion. Lately, she’s taken to thanking god for things which she has either learnt from school or from my family who are not staunch catholic

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Ask Mommy: I’m An Atheist Mom Married To A Christian Dad! Help!

Raising kids in the church?

I got an email from a reader this morning who asked me what she should do. She’s an atheist raising a child with a Christian husband who wants a full Christian upbringing, including a Christian education, church and Sunday school… the whole Jeeboner kit and kaboodle. I do not envy the situation this mommy is

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Ask Mommy: How Do I Cope With Death?

Richard Dawkins: We are going to die

I’ve been on vacation, which you probably know already if you follow my Instagram. I sat down at my computer this morning after a couple of weeks off, traveling around British Columbia, etc. and I found a couple of emails asking me for advice on coping with death. Each of these people had just been

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Ask Mommy: What’s The Harm In Faking Theism? 

Faking faith

A couple nights ago, a really nice in-the-closet atheist sent me an email talking about why he remains in the closet. He’d read my post about Neil Tyson, and talked at length about his thoughts on what I said. He asked me many questions, but one in particular stood out because I don’t think I’ve

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10 New Questions For Atheists From A Theology Student

Answers from atheists

Every once in a while, I get a thoughtful email from a religious student asking for help with an assignment. Usually, it’s an assignment for a philosophy class, and requires points of view from various types of people, including atheists. I am always happy to oblige. This time, I got a list of questions from

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Ask Mommy: My Parents Keep Asking Me To Pray, What Should I do?

prayer

Seeing someone pray, to me, can only be described as alarmingly creepy. Watching a person mouth words to something that is not there – to someone who has never believed in a god, it’s like watching an adult pull down his trousers and shit on the floor. You start in with the “Heavenly Father…” bullshit and I’m all

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Ask Mommy: Help! I Don’t Believe Anymore, But My Daughter Still Loves Church!

Child in Church

I got this question in an email recently: Here is my situation. I gave up any religious beliefs for almost a decade, during which time I married and had a child. My husband is atheist. I recently went back to Christianity for almost a year and started taking our 4 and a half year old

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Ask Mommy: My Stepson Doesn’t Believe in Evolution. What Do I Do?

Father and Stepson

I got an email the other day from @hannibaltraven whose stepson is being fed creationist BS when he’s at his Dad’s. The email read: My 9yo stepson says he doesn’t believe people evolved from monkeys. After a long sigh, I tried to educate him but I don’t think he gets it. How do I change

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Ask Mommy: How Do I Explain Christmas To My Kids?

Christmas

Adult humans do some weird things. Dragging a dead tree into our living room and throwing balls all over it is definitely one of them. It’s fun and we love it, but it’s fucking weird and you come to realize just how strange it all is when you’re asked how to explain Christmas to someone