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Created on May 04 2010
I do not write letters to celebrities. I do not write to authors, actors, singers or scientists even though Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke are among the people I admire most. This is the first time, in my almost 67 years, I have done so and it will likely be the last. I tell you that so you understand how important I think your message is.
I want to thank you for your book "The God Delusion". It helped me take the final step in my relationship with religion. For several years now, I thought I was agnostic. Now I understand I was really an atheist all that time. I was making the mistake, about atheism, that you described in your book.
My purpose in writing is to encourage you to keep writing. Keep talking, because I agree with you that there are a lot more of us than is normally suspected. When people like you and Bill Mahr and George Carlin speak out it gives the rest of us the courage to do likewise when the opportunity presents itself. If that courage spreads, who knows, maybe someday those who benefit from the ignorance of others will be forced to show some shame.
Understand that I do not suggest you and others like you should feel responsible for educating the world. I'm just saying that is gives me an uplifting feeling to know I am not the only sane person in world full of religious loonies. It is very satisfying to hear my own conclusions supported by others who are a lot better at it than I am.
I am genuinely fearful for the future of the human race if it cannot somehow free itself from this religious nonsense.
Your other books were also very helpful to me in my lifelong struggle to understand why reality is the way it is.